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See the most recent additions to the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program collections below, or use the fields at the left to search for interviews by keyword, year, project, or format.

2018 | Audio | Transcript
Project(s): John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Interviewer: Abel, Suzanne
Interview Date: 2018
Lewis H. “Lew” Butler discusses growing up in San Francisco, his long and productive career in public service, and his personal and professional relationship with John W. Gardner.  
2018 | Audio | Transcript
Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Business
Project(s): John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Interviewer: Schmidt-Posner, Jackie
Interview Date: 2017
Marshall S. “Mike” Smith, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, discusses his career path after graduating from Harvard University, talks John Gardner’s return to Stanford University, and reflects on Gardner’s legacy.  
2018 | Audio | Transcript
Haas Center for Public Service
Project(s): John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Interviewer: Abel, Suzanne
Interview Date: 2017
Nadinne Cruz, former executive director at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and former director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford, discusses her early life in the Philippines; her career in public service, education, and activism; and her friendship with...
2018 | Audio | Transcript
Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Business
Project(s): John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Interviewer: Schmidt-Posner, Jackie
Interview Date: 2017
Marshall S. “Mike” Smith, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, discusses his career path after graduating from Harvard University, talks John Gardner’s return to Stanford University, and reflects on Gardner’s legacy.  
2018 | Audio | Transcript
Law
Project(s): John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Interviewer: Mancini, Nancy
Interview Date: 2017
Thomas Ehrlich discusses his career and his friendship with John W. Gardner. Ehrlich expresses his appreciation for Gardner’s mentorship style, which focused on offering encouragement instead of dictating advice.   
2018 | Audio | Transcript
Haas Center for Public Service
Project(s): John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Interviewer: Schmidt-Posner, Jackie
Interview Date: 2017
Bill Somerville, founder of the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, discusses his early life in Berkeley, his long and productive career in philanthropy, and serving with John W. Gardner on the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University.  
2018 | Audio | Transcript
Alumni
Project(s): John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Interviewer: Feder, Abby
Interview Date: 2017
Sean Fox, co-president of Freedom Financial and a former John Gardner Public Service Fellow, discusses growing up in rural Washington, studying as an undergraduate at Stanford University, being mentored by John W. Gardner, and his career in law, business, and policy.  
2018 | Audio | Transcript
Alumni
Project(s): John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Interviewer: Feder, Abby
Interview Date: 2017
Srija Srinivasan, deputy chief of the San Mateo County Health system, discusses studying at Stanford University, her time as a John Gardner Public Service Fellow, her career in health policy, and being mentored by John W. Gardner.  
2018 | Audio | Transcript
Religious Studies
Project(s): John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Interviewer: Prabhu, Anirudh
Interview Date: 2018
Robert C. “Bob” Gregg, former dean for religious life at Stanford University, discusses his friendship with John W. Gardner and their participation in a lunch discussion group known as the “lunch bunch.” Members of the group also included Melvin Lane, Arjay Miller, Roger Heyns, Walter...
2018 | Audio | Transcript
Project(s): John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Interviewer: Abel, Suzanne
Interview Date: 2017
Rick Stamberger, president and CEO of SmartBrief, Inc. and a former White House fellow, discusses his early involvement with politics, entering the business world, and his work on the documentary on John W. Gardner titled John Gardner: Uncommon American.  

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