Interview Dr. Arthur Tracy

mdemarr : December 10, 2009 10:19 am : Interviews

The Following interview was conducted with Professor Arthur Tracy. He was the department chair when James Farmer was hired as a visiting professor in the fall of 1985. professor Tracy had a personal relationship in the years that James Farmer was at Mary Washington. After Farmers Retirement from Mary Washington, it was Arthur Tracy who asked for the school to support James Farmer Financially.

Discursive Table of Contents—Arthur Tracy

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Interview with Dr. Venitta McCall

nford2 : December 10, 2009 8:55 am : Audio, Interviews

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Interview Time Code for Dr‭. ‬McCall’s interview of James Farmer
Interviewed by Nick Ford and Zach Kelly

00.00‭ – ‬00.50‭ – ‬Introduction of Dr‭. ‬McCall

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Dr. Allyson Poska Interview

chapman471 : December 10, 2009 6:38 am : Audio, Interviews

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The interview with Dr. Allyson Poska was conducted by Courtney Chapman and Jacqueline Marshall on November 11, 2009. The subject of the interview was her recollection of James Farmer as a professor at Mary Washington in the years that his and her tenure overlapped. From what Dr. Poska recalled Farmer was, by 1992 when she began teaching at the school, Farmer was not very present at Mary Washington because of his declining health and older age. She remembers him as an amazing story teller who was able to draw people in with his “booming voice”. more »

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Interview with Margaret Mock

christianelauer471 : December 9, 2009 9:52 pm : Interviews, Uncategorized

Margaret Mock experiences James Farmer as a colleague when she worked with him through the Mary Washington College Office of Public Information, but she also knew him as a teacher and as a friend. Mock discusses Farmer’s popularity as a professor, as well as his ongoing impact on the diversity of the Mary Washington Campus. She discusses the general feelings about Farmer’s time on campus, and the ways in which he is remembered on campus. Mock also talks about the role that the media played in Farmer’s time at Mary Washington, and his relationship with the local media in Fredericksburg and Richmond. more »

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Interview with Dr. Porter Blakemore

Neo-Rev : December 7, 2009 11:43 am : Audio, Interviews

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The following interview was conducted with Porter Blakemore, a professor of history at MW, discusses his personal interaction with James Farmer. Blakemore speaks on the intra-department details of Farmer’s time here and how his professorship worked in and outside the classroom. Having been chair 8 years of Farmer’s 15 year tenure he knew Farmer closely and speaks fondly of him. Also, Blakemore discusses his views of Farmer’s legacy and his importance in history.
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Interview with Dr. Claudine Ferrell

mballard : December 5, 2009 10:38 pm : Audio, Interviews

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In this interview, Professor Claudine Ferrell explained in fine detail her memories of James Farmer’s time teaching at Mary Washington.  She described her relationship with Mr. Farmer, as well as her first impressions of him.  She discussed how Mr. Farmer’s position in the history department was unique and gave numerous examples that highlighted his differences.  more »

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Interview with Dean Cedric Rucker

Murphy : December 3, 2009 11:42 am : Interviews


Dean Rucker Interview
November 10, 2009
Interviewed by Chris Herbert and MacKenzie Murphy
The University of Mary Washington
Oral History and James Farmer
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Interview with John Pearce

ssmith8 : December 2, 2009 12:54 pm : Interviews, Uncategorized

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In this interview, John Pearce, director of the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, discusses his relationship with James Farmer, which began in the mid-1980’s when the two men shared a commute between Fredericksburg and Washington, D.C. It was Pearce who made the recommendation that Farmer join UMW as a professor. Having had the honor of reading over the transcript of Lay Bare the Heart and continuing a professional and personal friendship with Farmer, Pearce offers unique perspective on the life of James Farmer and how he feels the Civil Rights leader would like to be remembered.
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Interview with Dr. Philip L. Hall

jmattos471 : November 24, 2009 11:58 am : Audio, Interviews

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During this interview with Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean Emeritus Philip L. Hall, Hall recounts how Dr. James Farmer arrived at the University of Mary Washington and became a professor there.  Founder of the James Farmer Scholars Program, Hall also talks about Farmer’s involvement in his namesake program as well as Farmer’s emphasis on education as the solution to civil rights ills.  Moreover, Hall discusses Farmer’s class and relationship with faculty and students.  Furthermore, he elaborates on some of the events surrounding the honors that Farmer received while a Mary Washington professor and the large impact he had on the student body.
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