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Guide to the New School oral history program, 2012-2015

Collection Overview

Repository

New School Collections

Collection Identifier

NS.07.01.01

Creator - Interviewee

Bernstein, Richard J.

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Boyle, Deirdre

Creator - Interviewee

Cohen, Michael A., 1944-

Creator - Interviewee

Davis, Celeste Lacy

Creator - Interviewer

Foulkes, Julia L.

Creator - Interviewee

Friedman, Bruce

Creator - Interviewee

Ghilarducci, Teresa

Creator - Interviewer

Hendershott, Carmen

Creator - Interviewee

Mueller, Martin

Creator

New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections.

Creator - Interviewee

Ross, Elizabeth

Creator - Interviewee

Salas, Sonia

Creator - Interviewer

Scheir, Wendy

Creator - Interviewee

Watkin, Henry

Creator - Interviewee

Zolberg, Vera L.

Title

New School oral history program

Extent

12.4 gb: 73 files

Summary

The New School Oral History Program, initiated in 2012, consists of recorded sound interviews conducted by Archives and Special Collections staff and faculty partners on an ongoing basis to document aspects of university history that may not exist in other recorded formats. Interviewees consist of New School administrators, faculty, and staff, both current and retired. The conversation topics in the interviews span the twentieth and early twenty-first history, and cover different academic departments and disciplines, university offices, and affiliated institutes. Recordings are all in English.

Preferred Citation note

Audio interview with [interviewee name] by [interviewer], [date], The New School Oral History Program, NS.07.01.01, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, NY.

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Biographical Note

Participant Biographies

Richard J. Bernstein
Born May 14, 1932, Richard Bernstein received a B.A. from the University of Chicago (1951), a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Columbia University (1953), an M.A. (1955) and a Ph.D. (1958) from Yale University, with a dissertation on John Dewey ( John Dewey’s Metaphysics of Experience). He held various faculty positions in philosophy at Yale from 1954 to 1965, at Haverford College from 1966 to 1989, and at the New School from 1989 to the present (2014). He was dean of the Graduate Faculty from 2002 to 2004. The New School University Distinguished Service Award was bestowed on him in 2004. In addition to visiting professorships, stints as a peer reviewer, and multiple advisory roles for governments and other institutions, he has been a prolific contributor to the academic journal Literature in Philosophy and has authored or edited over a dozen books, focusing on special areas of interest, especially pragmatism, social and political philosophy, and critical theory.
Michael A. Cohen
Born September 9, 1944, Michael A. Cohen received his B.A. from Cornell University (1966), and his Ph.D. in political economy from the University of Chicago (1971), with a dissertation entitled Urban Policy and Political Conflict in Africa: A Study of the Ivory Coast. From 1972 to 1999, he served in various administrative capacities at the World Bank, followed by stints as a visiting fellow to the International Center for Advanced Studies, New York University (NYU) (1999 September-2001 June); as co-chair to the Council on Global Initiatives at NYU (2005 February-2007), as director of the Argentina Observatory, New York and Buenos Aires (2003 September-present), as director of the Observatory on Latin America, New School (2006 September-present), and, from 2001-present, as director of the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) at the New School and as a member of the faculty in the GPIA program.
Bruce Friedman
Bruce Friedman worked in the New School’s Registrar’s Office for twenty-four years, prior to his retirement. From September of 1966 to June of 1973, he attended, successively, Franconia College in New Hampshire, Wilmington College in Delaware, and John Jay College of the City University of New York, emphasizing studies in political science and government at all these institutions, an interest he employed serving in the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens [County, New York] as treasurer, vice-president and president of the club, all since August of 1997. From 1973 until 1986, Friedman held various managerial and administrative positions in a customs house brokerage, freight forwarding, and retail operations. He started working at the New School as a registration temporary in August of 1988 under Dorothy Dozier, and was hired as a full-time employee on October 31, 1988 in the Registrar’s/Records Office as a graduation officer, primarily working with doctoral students in the Graduate Faculty (now the New School for Social Research), but also Eugene Lang College, International Affairs, Milano, Mannes The New School for Music, and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. His responsibility was to ensure that students fulfilled all of the graduation eligibility requirements. A union activist, Friedman participated in several contract negotiations between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1205, of which he was a member, and the New School management. More recently, Friedman became a New School shop steward. Friedman retired on February 8, 2013.
Martin Mueller
Martin Mueller is the executive director of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He has been involved with the jazz program since its inception in 1986, providing leadership for all its aspects – educational, artistic, and administrative. In 2009, he launched a New School curriculum partnership with the Conservatory of Tel Aviv, Israel. Martin is also a founding member of the International Association of Schools of Jazz, as a board member (1989-2006) and as a patron member (1986-2007). He served as project leader for the New York City component of a ground-breaking survey of jazz artists, initiated by the National Endowment for the Arts and released in 2003. In 2002, he received the Downbeat Magazine Achievement Award for Jazz Education. He earned his B.A. (1981) and M.A. (1986) degrees in music from Long Island University (LIU) and chaired the Music Department at LIU-Brooklyn, where he was an assistant professor of music, before coming to the New School.
Arien Mack
Arien Mack graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. (1951), from Brown University with an M.A. (1959), and from Yeshiva University with a Ph.D. (1966). She joined the New School Graduate Faculty’s (now, the New School for Social Research) Psychology Department in 1966 and chaired it from 1972 to 1982 and again from 2003 to 2004. Her specialty within psychology is visual perception. In 1970, she became the editor of the Graduate Faculty’s flagship journal, Social Research, a position she holds as of 2014. In connection with her work on the journal, since 1988, she has organized over twenty-five Social Research conferences, many of whose presentations later appear as theme issues of the journal. Since 1990, she has directed the Journal Donation Project, which routes journals to universities around the world too poor to buy them. In 2010, she founded and has since directed the Center for Public Scholarship at the New School.
Sonia Salas
Sonia Salas was born in Panama and grew up in the Dominican Republic. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Altos de Chavón School of Design in 1991, and received a scholarship to attend Parsons School of Design from which she earned a BFA in Illustration in 1993, along with a certificate in K-12 Art Education at the Bank Street College for Education that same year. In 1991, Salas began working in the Graduate Faculty (now, the New School for Social Research) Dean’s Office as a work-study student, while still pursuing art-related work outside the school. In addition to numerous freelance illustration assignments, and concurrently with her initial years as a new hire, Salas worked as an art department intern (November 1993-June 1994) and assistant (June 1994–August 1994) at the weekly Village Voice newspaper. In December 1993, she became the executive secretary in the Graduate Faculty Dean’s Office, a position she held until July of 1997; after that, she worked as assistant to the dean, office manager, assistant director of administration, and, finally, associate director of administration there. Salas resigned effective August 5, 2013.
Vera Zolberg
Vera L. Zolberg (1935-) immigrated to New York from Vienna at the age of two. She graduated from Hunter College, City University of New York with a B.A., from the African Studies Program at Boston University with an M.A., and, in 1974, from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in sociology and a dissertation entitled The Art Institute of Chicago: The Sociology of a Cultural Organization. She was on faculty at Purdue University as an associate professor from 1974 until 1983, and also taught at small, local Catholic colleges, while her husband, Aristide Zolberg, taught at the University of Chicago. In 1983, she began a long association with the New School in its Graduate Faculty (now known as the New School for Social Research) as a professor of sociology, and as professor emerita since July 2012. She has had multiple administrative positions at the New School and elsewhere: as the chair of Concentration in Social and Historical Studies at the New School’s Lang College (1992-1997); as co-director of the Privatization of Culture Program, Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships (with New York University) (1996-2001); as acting chair of the New School’s Anthropology Department (2002-2003); as acting chair of the New School’s Committee for Liberal Studies (2006-2007); and as acting chair of the Sociology Department (Summer 2009). A specialist in the sociology of art with a special interest in outsider art, she is the author of Constructing a Sociology of the Arts (1990), and Outsider Art: Contested Boundaries in Contemporary Culture (1997). Her initial work in Africa was focused on a sociological comparison of different colonial educational systems, especially the French, represented by the Ivory Coast, and the British, represented by Ghana.
John Aubry
John Aubry was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his B.A. in British Studies from Grinnell College in 1977, his MLS from the University of Michigan in 1980, and a certificate in Database Application, Development and Design from Columbia University in 1999. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Aubry served as archivist and librarian at the American Institute of Physics’ Center for the History of Physics, before becoming a curator and reference librarian at Columbia University in 1984. From 1987 until 1998, Aubry served as associate secretary and archivist for the College Board. From March 1999 until March 2000, he was database administrator for Town Sports International, and from March 2000 until February 2004, the digital database manager for the American Museum of Natural History. Aubry joined the New School Libraries in March 2004 as a systems librarian before being promoted to director of the Raymond Fogelman Library in 2007. Following a reorganization of the university’s librarian system in 2012, Aubry became assistant university librarian for access services, the role in which he served until his retirement in 2014.
David Worley
Biography requested from Carmen, April 22, 2015
Roberto Robinson
Roberto Robinson was an employee of The New School from 1988 until his retirement in 2015. Mail Services Manager was his last New School position held. Robinson serves as pastor of Restoration Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic in Panama.
Elizabeth Ross
Elizabeth (Liz) Ross received an undergraduate degree from New York University in 1966 and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in the history of education in 1971. She is the author of The Kindergarten Crusade (Ohio University Press, 1976). She held three positions involving registration functions in institutions of higher education: first at SUNY-Purchase as assistant registrar (1980-1982), then at Marist College in Poughkeepsie as registrar (1983-1986), and finally at The New School, as university registrar, a position to which she was hired by the university’s first provost, Judith Walzer, in July 1986. Ross held that position until 2004. From 2001, she concurrently held a position as assistant provost, to which she was appointed by the second New School provost, Elizabeth Dickey. In 2004, Ross moved to the Provost’s Office full-time, first as associate provost, working with Provost Arjun Appadurai, and then as vice provost in 2006, the position she retained until her retirement in January 2015. Among her accomplishments during her New School career were her implementation of two new software programs (IRIS and Banner) that made possible online services to students in registration, tuition payment, and provision of graduation audits and transcripts.
Maurice Edwards
Maurice Edwards is a Broadway actor, singer, Off-Broadway director and author. Born Maurice Levine in Amasa, Michigan to Lithuainian parents in 1922, Edwards joined the army in 1933 and served until 1946 seeing the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He received his bachelor’s degree from New York University in 1949 and received his master of arts degree from Columbia University in 1955. In the late 1940s Edwards studied at The New School's Dramatic Workshop, performing in a number of productions under his birth name, Maurice Levine. (He changed his name when he joined the Actors' Equity Association, because there was another actor with his name). After finishing his studies at NYU, Edwards worked for graphologist and New School instructor Klara Roman, helping to Anglicize her lectures and writings (she had emigrated from Hungary after World War II). Edwards' Broadway performances include Happy as Larry (1950), The Golden Apple (1954), and Fiddler on the Roof (1964 to 1972). He also had a rich career off Broadway, both acting and directing. He helped found The Cubiculo Experimental Theater in 1968 and worked there as a program coordinator. He joined the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra in 1954 and worked there for decades, in roles such as executive and artistic directors, and as archivist. His published books include How Music Grew in Brooklyn, A Biography of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra (2006), evelatory Letters to Nina Cassian (2011), and Christian Dietrich Grabbe: His Life and His Works (2014).
Deirdre Boyle
Deirdre Boyle is an associate professor in the School of Media Studies at the New School, a position she has held from 1977 to the present (2014). In 1998, she won the university’s Teaching Excellence Award. She received a B.A. cum laude from the College of Mount St. Vincent (1970), an M.A. in Media Studies from Antioch College (1976), and an M.S.W. from New York University (2003). A specialist in documentary film studies, she has, in recent years, paired this expertise with a focus on death, trauma, and grief. At the New School, Boyle has taught courses in media criticism, documentary film, and the history of Soviet film, having participated in a Fulbright Fellowship in Moscow. She has published widely in journals and anthologies, has written books, has taught media studies at New York University, Fordham University, and Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, and has also served as an editorial consultant, a television and film advisor, a reviewer, a curator, and a lecturer in many venues outside the New School. Both her mother and her aunt attended courses at the New School.
Teresa Ghilarducci
Teresa Ghilarducci (born July 22, 1957) is the director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at the New School, whose faculty she joined in 2008 as a labor economist. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1978; Ph.D. in economics, 1984), she taught economics at the University of Notre Dame for twenty-five years, starting in 1983, before coming to the New School. She has also served in numerous state, federal, and trade union capacities as an advisor on pension matters – as an appointee (by President Bill Clinton) to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Advisory Board, which protects public sector pensions; on the Board of Trustees of the Indiana Public Employees’ Retirement Fund; on the State of California Public Employee Post-Employment Benefits Commission; as Assistant Director of the AFL-CIO’s Department of Employee Benefits; and as a public trustee for the health care voluntary employee beneficiary associations for United Auto Workers retirees of General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler. A prolific author, her books include Labor’s Capital: The Economics and Politics of Employer Pensions (1992); Portable Pension Plans for Casual Labor Markets (1995), and When I’m Sixty-Four: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them (2008).
Henry Watkin
Henry J. Watkin is associate director of graduate admissions and coordinator of international exchanges for the Division of Enrollment Management, a position he has held since May 1998, though in prior years, his associate directorship was associated specifically with the New School for Social Research (formerly known as the Graduate Faculty). A classicist by training, Watkin earned his B.A. in history from Rutgers University (1973), his M.A. in history from Columbia University (1978), and his Ph.D. also from Columbia in ancient history (1988). He held teaching positions at Columbia, New York University, Hunter College, Queensborough Community College, and Manhattan College from 1989 until 1993, before taking various jobs in the corporate sector through 1996. Then he returned to academia with his appointment as assistant director of graduate admissions at the New School in December 1996, a position he filled until his promotion, in May 1998, to the associate directorship.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The New School Oral History Program, begun in the summer of 2012, records the reminiscences of members of the New School community, including longtime faculty, staff, and administrators, with the goal of documenting New School history through personal accounts of positions, departments, divisions, institutes and centers, and people. Initiated by the New School Archives and Special Collections, librarian Carmen Hendershott selected and interviewed the earliest interviewees. While originally conceived as a limited project, it grew into an ongoing program, with other Archives and Special Collections staff members and faculty partners conducting interviews.

From the Statement of Purpose:

The New School Oral History Interview Project aims to fill in the often-incomplete written institutional records of the New School by asking for the oral reminiscences of members of the New School community, especially faculty, staff, and administrators. (The scope of these interviews may be extended later to students and alumni as time and staff permit.) In this way, accounts of histories of positions (e.g., deanships), departments (e.g., Media Studies), divisions (e.g., the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music), institutes and centers (e.g., the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies), and memorable persons (e.g., Clara Mayer) of the New School can be collected, providing precise information in one place and personalized accounts that would otherwise be scattered or lost. The need for this type of project has become obvious as the paucity of information on the early decades of the New School became apparent. The oral history interview project is one of the most promising initiatives that can be undertaken to avoid this loss of history going forward.

Librarian Carmen Hendershott primarily conducted the sound interviews in the participants' offices on the New School's New York City campus. With the exception of Arien Mack and Vera L. Zolberg [need to verify this statement], all interviewees were employed by the university at the time of the recording. The interviews were originally recorded as digital audio files (Broadcast Wave) and transferred to MP3 files for access purposes. The original Broadcast Wave files are maintained by the New School Archives and Special Collections as preservation files.

Additionally, the New School Archives and Special Collections financed the professional transcription of all interviews. Archives staff members then edited the transcripts for clarity and to identify personal names and organizations that the transcriber could not identify. With the exception of the Arien Mack interview, neither recordings nor transcripts have been edited for content.

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Organization and Arrangement

Recordings are arranged alphabetically by name of interviewee.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New School Collections - September 13, 2016

66 Fifth Avenue
lobby
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

Audio interview with [interviewee name] by [interviewer], [date], The New School Oral History Program, NS.07.01.01, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, NY.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment. Digital transcripts (PDF file format) for each interview are also available for research use.

Use Restrictions

To publish all or part of any recording or transcription from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

All interviews were conducted by staff members of the New School Archives and Special Collections using equipment provided by the Archives, and files were accessioned immediately upon download.

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Related Materials

An oral history project undertaken by New School student Gerard O. Hemmerle (NS.07.01.02) includes additional audio interviews with university administrators, New School for Public Engagement faculty, and staff.

Multiple oral history projects and programs documenting Parsons The New School for Design are available in the New School Archives and Special Collections.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • New School (New York, N.Y.).
  • New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
  • New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997). Graduate Faculty.

Genre(s)

  • Interviews.
  • Oral histories (document genres).
  • Transcripts.

Occupation(s)

  • Educators.

Personal Name(s)

  • Fanton, Jonathan F., 1943-
  • Katznelson, Ira
  • Kerrey, Robert, 1943-
  • Van Zandt, David E., 1953-

Subject(s)

  • College administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.
  • Labor unions -- Organizing.
  • Universities and colleges -- Administration.
  • Universities and colleges -- Admission.
  • Universities and colleges -- Curricula.

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Other Finding Aids note

For item-level description and sound files from the New School oral history program, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/NS070101.

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Collection Inventory

Audio interview with John Aubry 2014 Jun 19   657.1 mb: 2 Broadcast Wave files; 00:41:20 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with John Aubry  

Interviewed by librarian Carmen Hendershott in her office on the second floor of 55 West 13th Street. John Aubry discusses his experiences in librarianship, including work at the College Board, the American Institute of Physics, the American Museum of Natural History, and Columbia University, as well as how he came to work at The New School. He describes his work with The New School’s library systems and databases; in particular, data migration and the shift to the ILS (integrated library systems), Aleph. He also describes The New School’s partnership with the South Manhattan library consortium, as well as the trend toward outsourcing in librarianship. Finally, Aubry discusses the planning and evolution of The New School’s current University Center Library.

Audio interview with Richard Bernstein 2012 Nov 12   497 mb: 2 Broadcast Wave files; 00:45:19 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Richard Bernstein  

In this audio interview with librarian Carmen Hendershott, philosophy professor Richard Bernstein discusses his career trajectory, and how he came to join the Graduate Faculty (now, the New School for Social Research), following his experience teaching at Haverford College. He discusses how he became the chair of the Philosophy Department, and later, dean of the Graduate Faculty. He speaks of his work on the Enabling Committee, which handled promotions and tenure decisions. Bernstein outlines his “pluralistic” vision for the Philosophy Department, and its emphasis on the history of philosophy.

Bernstein also describes his relationships with his predecessor, Ira Katznelson, and with New School presidents Jonathan Fanton and Bob Kerrey. He reflects on the integration of the New School for Social Research with other university divisions and the high quality of junior faculty, the lack of financial support in graduate study (aid for graduate students and for endowing chairs), and the loss of communal space when the division was displaced from its longtime home in 65 Fifth Avenue.

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Audio interview with Deirdre Boyle 2012 Sep 6   658 mb: 2 Broadcast Wave files; 00:59:59 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Deirdre Boyle  

In this audio interview with librarian Carmen Hendershott, media studies professor Deirdre Boyle recounts the evolution of The New School’s Media Studies program from its initial inception as the Center for Understanding Media, under John Culkin. She also discusses the growth in the program’s enrollment, the influence of Marshall McLuhan during the chairmanship of Peter Haratonik, and the emphasis on combining theory with practice. Boyle describes the courses she has taught, including a class on death and media.

Also mentioned are the successive program chairs as well as Dean Anne Balsamo, and significant annual events, such as the McLuhan scholar presentations; the Mixed Messages student work showcase; Critical Themes in Media Studies conferences; the Dorothy Hirshon springtime festival; and the multi-day student documentary film festival at the end of the academic year. Finally, Boyle identifies the establishment of the Faculty Senate and of the expansion of regular full-time and part-time faculty outside of the New School for Social Research as major developments at the university-level.

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Audio interview with Michael Cohen 2012 Aug 26   475 mb: 2 Broadcast Wave files; 00:43:19 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Michael Cohen  

In this audio interview with librarian Carmen Hendershott, Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) Michael Cohen relates his recruitment by Acting Dean Elissa Tenny and Ed Blakely, dean of Milano, to start a program in international affairs. Cohen talks about the succession of New School deans over his twelve years at the university, the consequences of the merger between GPIA with Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy in 2010, and his hope to establish a global urban future specialization with Milano. Cohen describes the successful development of a concentration on Latin America, beginning with a visit from Argentine president Néstor Kirchner to The New School in 2003. Cohen praises a number of GPIA faculty and administrators. He also emphasizes Julien Studley’s extensive financial support for the program. Cohen outlines what makes the GPIA distinct, and closes with a description of future goals: to transform GPIA from a “project” program to an institution; to encourage a robust program of faculty research, including junior faculty; and to make greater use of New York City.

Audio interview with Celeste Lacy Davis 2013 Nov 21   1.54 gb: 1 Broadcast Wave files; 01:29:12 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Celeste Lacy Davis  

Interviewed by Professor Julia Foulkes and University Archivist Wendy Scheir at the New School's Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library, 2 West 13th Street, New York City. Celeste Lacy Davis recounts her childhood in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and Englewood, New Jersey, and her early involvement with the civil rights movement. This includes protesting with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the 1964 Democratic National Committee in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and work organizing the Englewood Schools Desegregation Protest. She discusses her education at Syracuse University and student organizing alongside Leroi Jones (later Amiri Baraka), as well as her later involvement with the Congress of African People and work against police brutality. She describes her work at PBS, the City of New York's Human Rights Commission, and Planned Parenthood; her shift work at a steel mill; and post-graduate studies at the New School. Davis also details her later work improving diversity and inclusivity at the New School.

Audio interview with Maurice Edwards 2015 Jun 30   906.4 mb: 2 Broadcast Wave files; 01:25:37 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Maurice Edwards  

Maurice Edwards is interviewed by archivist Wendy Scheir at his home on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Edwards describes his initial introduction to The New School, with a production of Nathan the Wise, and his friendship with New School faculty member Erwin Piscator and his wife, Maria Ley. Edwards details his upbringing in Michigan and Wisconsin, initial enrollment at the University of Wisconsin, time in the US Army, and subsequent study of modern European languages and literatures, both in Europe and at City College and New York University. Edwards also discusses his later marriage to and travels with the poet Nina Cassian.

Audio interview with Bruce Friedman 2012 Dec 7   698.1 mb: 3 Broadcast Wave files; 01:03:39 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Bruce Friedman  

In this audio interview with librarian Carmen Hendershott, retired graduation officer Bruce Friedman recalls his twenty-four years of service in The New School’s Records Office. Friedman observes the changes the university has experienced since he began as a temporary registration worker in 1988 during the presidency of Jonathan Fanton. He discusses the downsizing of his department and the outsourcing of the call center under President David Van Zandt. Friedman describes a number of Registration Office employees, as well as various Graduate Faculty professors and personnel outside of the Records Office. He recalls various online information management systems used in the Records Office over time. Friedman also discusses his involvement with numerous community organizations within New York City.

Audio interview with Teresa Ghilarducci 2012 Oct 8   349.4 mb: 2 Broadcast Wave files; 00:31:50 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Teresa Ghilarducci  

In this audio interview with librarian Carmen Hendershott, economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci describes the New School for Social Research’s Economics Department as distinctive in its determination to see economics as a discipline that increases the understanding of “the culture of society and its material base” by looking at the study, advancement and interpretation of economics as “part of a political and cultural project.” Ghilarducci discusses the impact of students on New York City’s population, and identifies international students as contributing substantially to the Economics Department, especially students from India, Austria, and Pakistan. Ghilarducci closes by mentioning the research projects of her colleagues Willi Semmler, Lance Taylor, Duncan Foley, Lopa Banerjee and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, many of which are informed by environmental and social justice concerns. Interview takes place in Ghilarducci's office at The New School.

Audio interview with Arien Mack 2012 Jun 5   345.2 mb: 1 Broadcast Wave file; 00:29:58 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Arien Mack  

In this audio interview with librarian Carmen Hendershott, psychology professor Arien Mack describes how she first joined the Graduate Faculty (now, the New School for Social Research) in 1966. She also provides an intellectual background of her work in the psychology of visual perception. She discusses her reaction to the name change from Graduate Faculty to the New School for Social Research. Mack speaks of her editorship of the division’s flagship journal, Social Research, as well as her role in the Journal Donation Project and the Center for Public Scholarship. This interview is truncated due to a recorder malfunction. One line has been excised upon interviewee’s request.

Audio interview with Martin Mueller 2012 Nov 9   1.135 gb: 4 Broadcast Wave files; 01:43:27 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Martin Mueller  

In this audio interview with librarian Carmen Hendershott, School of Jazz Dean Martin Mueller recalls his career before coming to The New School in 1987. He outlines the history of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at The New School as he has experienced it, covering an incubation period from 1986 into the early 1990s and its relationship with Mannes School of Music. He also discusses the move of offices, the unionization of faculty members, and the establishment of various outreach initiatives abroad. Mueller emphasizes the role of Deans Allen Austill (The New School) and David C. Levy (Parsons School of Design), and faculty member Arnie Lawrence in founding the Jazz Program. He comments upon the program’s evolving demographics and the availability of financial aid for students. Additionally, Mueller references his work with the International Association for Jazz Education, and sketches a brief history of the Guitar Study Center.

Audio interview with Roberto Robinson 2015 Mar 16   574.2 mb: 1 Broadcast Wave file; 00:54:15 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Roberto Robinson  

Roberto Robinson is interviewed by librarian Carmen Hendershott in his office at Arnhold Hall (55 West 13th Street) on The New School campus. He describes his initial assignment within The New School's direct mail program, wherein he collated outgoing brochures and catalogs for Parsons School of Design, Mannes College of Music, and The New School, as well as "Save the Date" cards for upcoming public programs. He discusses the practical implications of various branding approaches, the shift from print to digital, and how that has shaped The New School's mail services. Robinson also reflects on how his employment at The New School has shaped his own personal life.

Audio interview with Liz Ross 2015 Mar 10   610.9 mb: 1 Broadcast Wave file; 00:57:43 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Liz Ross  

Interviewed by librarian Carmen Hendershott in her office on the second floor of 55 West 13th Street. Elizabeth Ross discusses her career within the Provost’s office at The New School; including initial attempts at a university-wide system for student registration and credit evaluation, the succession of provosts within The New School, the formation of a Dean’s Council, and in particular, the development and maintenance of the New School Art Collection.

Audio interview with Sonia Salas 2012 Dec 6   593 mb: 2 Broadcast Wave files; 00:54:04 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Sonia Salas  

In this interview with librarian Carmen Hendershott, former New School employee and Parsons School of Design alumna Sonia Salas describes her youth in the Dominican Republic and outlines her career at The New School. She recalls past tensions between the New School for Social Research and other university divisions stemming from questions of financial equity, and how these tensions have dissipated during the administrations of Presidents Bob Kerrey and David Van Zandt due to increased inter-divisional cooperation and centralization.

Audio interview with Ann Snitow 2014 Oct 15   1.1 gb: 3 Broadcast Wave files; 01:42:55 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Ann Snitow  

Professor Ann Snitow is interviewed by Professor Julia Foulkes and University Archivist Wendy Scheir on the second floor of Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, New York City. Snitow describes her own personal education history leading up to her involvement with the founding of Eugene Lang College at the New School. This includes graduate school in London, as well as her early work as an educator at Livingston College at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. She also discusses her involvement in 1960s and 1970s feminist movements, among them Redstockings, and a radio show on WBAI, called “Womankind.” Snitow elaborates on the academic structure and politics of the New School at the time, as well as the ambitions and aims of Lang’s founding faculty, and the early curriculum there.

Audio interview with Henry Watkin 2012 Sep 10   658 mb: 2 Broadcast Wave files; 1:00:00 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Henry Watkin  

In this audio interview with librarian Carmen Hendershott, Associate Director of Graduate Admission Henry Watkin describes his career in both academia and business following his PhD in history from Columbia University. Watkin discusses his role as a liaison, beginning in 1998, for a German-American student exchange program, comments upon the change in admissions reporting structure, and discusses the demographics of New School for Social Research students.

Watkin emphasizes the challenges stemming from the enormous increase in the expense of a graduate education, noting that combined with an economic recession, New School for Social Research enrollment is the lowest he has ever seen it. He relates this to broader societal trends that he describes as an “education bubble” resulting from unemployment, mismatched salaries, and student debt. Interview takes place in Watkin's office at The New School.

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Audio interview with David Worley 2014 Jul 8   1.3 gb: 3 Broadcast Wave files; 01:22:22 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with David Worley  

Interviewed by librarian Carmen Hendershott in her office on the second floor of 55 West 13th Street. David Worley discusses his initial temporary employment at The New School as a registration clerk and eventual permanent hiring at the Raymond Fogelman Library, a social sciences library formerly located in 65 Fifth Avenue. He describes the evolution of the South Manhattan library consortium, with New York University as well as the consolidation of a number of jobs under this arrangement, and more broadly, union organizing at the New School. Worley also narrates the emergence of The New School for Public Engagement and the emphasis on degree-seeking students under former provost James Murtha.

Audio interview with Vera L. Zolberg 2012 Oct 24   939 mb: 3 Broadcast Wave files; 01:25:36 duration; includes PDF transcript
Audio interview with Vera L. Zolberg  

In this audio interview with librarian Carmen Hendershott, sociology professor emerita Vera Zolberg discusses how she and her husband, Aristide, were invited to join the Graduate Faculty (now, the New School for Social Research) in 1983. She observes the changes the division was experiencing when they arrived, and discusses colleagues including Eric Hobsbawm, Elzbieta Matynia, George Yudice, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Arthur Vidich, Stanley Diamond, Rayna Rapp, and Bill Roseberry. She briefly mentions her husband’s involvement with the Migration Center. Zolberg discusses the need for a physical space where students and faculty from different social science disciplines can come together, the importance of interdisciplinarity, the General Seminars in the Wolff Conference Room, and the Committee on Liberal Studies. Zolberg also describes a feminist scholars program she organized with Ann Snitow, Rayna Rapp, and Louise Tilly. Finally, Zolberg discusses the Gender Studies program.

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