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Independent study oral history project on New School history ➔ Audio interview with Michael Markowitz

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Michael I. Markowitz (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) (subject)


March 7 2013


In this audio interview with Gerard Hemmerle, Michael Markowitz discusses the culture of and sketches the history of the Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP), as well the the concept of aging and how it has changed in the early twenty-first century. He describes the relationship between the IRP and the New School, the IRP curriculum, and elaborates on the IRP publication, Voices. Markowitz also talks with appreciation of administrative staff, students, and teachers with whom he has associated through the years. Of particular note are his remembrances of David Worley as the head of circulation during the development of the consortium library with the New School, New York University and the Cooper Union, as well as the New School's acquisition of the Brotherhood-in-Action building at 560 Seventh Avenue, which became associated with the Parsons The New School for Design's School of Fashion. Markowitz also discusses unionization at the university from a human resources director's perspective.





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