(interviewee)Gerard O. Hemmerle
(interviewer)New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections
(publisher)New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997)
February 27 2013
In this audio interview with her former student Gerard Hemmerle, Linda Dunne discusses her connections to the New School through Antioch College administrators William Birenbaum and Elizabeth Dickey, who invited her to work at the New School. She talks about how, in 1993, she helped establish an early New School on-line learning program, then known as distance learning, called DIAL (Distance Instruction for Adult Learning). That same year, when the head of the Media Studies program left, she was appointed acting chair of Media Studies, which continued for two years until she was succeeded by Carol Wilder. Dunne provides her assessment of past programs, such as the Computer Instruction Center, the Culinary Program (replaced by Food Studies), and the changing landscape of continuing education programs in New York that forced the New School to reconsider its identity, and become more of a traditional university in the 1990s, including the provision of faculty tenure, which she analyzes. Dunne discusses former students, faculty, administrators, and addresses the 1997 hunger strike and hostage-taking, referred to as the “mobilization," over a denial of tenure.
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