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New School oral history program ➔ Audio Interview with William Hirst

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William Hirst (interviewee)
Julia L. Foulkes (interviewer)
Mark J. Larrimore (interviewer)


November 5 2019


In this audio interview with Julia Foulkes and Mark Larrimore, William Hirst discusses the psychology department at The New School, the faculty who shaped the department, and ongoing tensions between clinical and what used to be called general psychology (now referred to as Cognitive, Social, and Development or CSD). He discusses his involvement as a mediator in various student protests, including the Mobilization for Real Diversity, Democracy, and Economic Justice in 1997-98 when students entrapped Provost Judy Walzer and Chief Operating Officer Joe Perino for hours in the lobby of 66 West 12th St. Hirst also discusses his experience as a gay faculty member who advocated for recognition of domestic partnerships in the university’s health insurance coverage. He talks about the impact of New School Presidents Jonathan Fanton, Bob Kerrey, and David Van Zandt, and his view of the future of the graduate education.

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