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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.

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2021 | Audio | Transcript
Graduate School of Business
Project(s): Urban Studies at 50
Interviewer: Kahan, Michael
Interview Date: 2020
In this oral history, John Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center, discusses his time teaching in and serving as faculty director of Stanford’s Urban Studies Program in the 1970s. Mollenkopf recounts how, while an...
JIm Larimore
2021 | Audio | Transcript
Student Affairs
Project(s): Native American Alumni Oral Histories
Interviewer: Bird, LJ; McNiel, Chase
Interview Date: 2017
Jim Larimore was hired in 1985 as the assistant dean of students and director of the American Indian Program at Stanford. Along with his wife Karen, he served as the first resident fellow of Muwekma-Tah-Ruk. Larimore describes the founding of Muwekma-Tah- Ruk, his first few years as resident fellow...
David Neuman
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University Architect
Project(s): Staff
Interviewer: Hartwig, Daniel; Marine-Street, Natalie
Interview Date: 2019
David Neuman, Associate Vice Provost for Planning and University Architect at Stanford from 1989 to 2004, reflects on his career in campus architecture and planning. Neuman describes the origins of his interest in architecture and how a job working at Bowling Green State University shaped his...
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Medical School - Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Costello, Paul
Interview Date: 2019
David Spiegel, the Jack, Samuel and Lulu Willson Professor in Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, reflects on his education and career in psychiatry and integrative medicine. He describes growing up in a family of psychiatrists; the origin of his interest in hypnosis and the...
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Bechtel International Center
Project(s): Staff, In Transit: An Oral History Project about Crossing Borders
Interviewer: Jayasinghe, Dharshani Lakmali
Interview Date: 2021
John Pearson, who was the director of the Bechtel International Center at Stanford from 1988 to 2016, speaks about the circumstances that brought him from England to the United States as a graduate student and eventually led him to Stanford in 1985. He describes some of the center’s efforts to...
Sharon Hunt
2021 | Audio | Transcript
Medical School - Cardiovascular Medicine
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Kiefer, Joyce
Interview Date: 2020
Sharon Ann Hunt is a Professor of Medicine, Emerita, in Cardiovascular Medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center. In this interview, Dr. Hunt speaks about her childhood in Cleveland and the expectations of her parents for her life. She discusses how student jobs working for a plant...
Al Camarillo
2021 | Audio | Transcript
History
Project(s): Urban Studies at 50
Interviewer: Kahan, Michael
Interview Date: 2020
In this oral history, Al Camarillo, the Leon Sloss Jr. Memorial Professor Emeritus of History, discusses his involvement in the Urban Studies Program beginning in the mid- 1970s. Camarillo describes several courses he has taught in the program, including Stanford’s first American urban history...
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2021 | Audio | Transcript
History
Project(s): Urban Studies at 50
Interviewer: Kahan, Michael
Interview Date: 2020
In this oral history, Clayborne Carson, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor of History, Emeritus, details his involvement in Stanford’s Urban Studies Program during its early years. He recalls finding community among the faculty committee and discusses his teaching efforts for the...
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Alumni
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Urban Studies at 50
Interviewer: Meurice, Nova
Interview Date: 2020
In this oral history, Roy Childs (AM 1971, PhD 1973) recounts his role in launching the Urban Studies program as a graduate student in sociology at Stanford. Childs discusses early meetings with administrators; the influence of the Study of Education at Stanford on the program’s legitimacy; and the...
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Urban Studies
Project(s): Staff, Urban Studies at 50
Interviewer: Meurice, Nova
Interview Date: 2020
In this oral history, Michael Kahan, the co-director of Stanford’s Urban Studies Program, details his involvement in Urban Studies and changes in the program since his arrival in 2003. Kahan shares insight into the administrative decisions made during this period, discussing the transition period...

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