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Hugh Hawkins H1969

Hugh Hawkins was interviewed by Doug Wilson on August 18, 2003.  Excerpts from the interview are below.  Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request .

Hugh D. Hawkins was the Anson D. Moore Professor of History and American Studies upon his retirement from the faculty in 2000 after forty-three years of teaching at Amherst.  In 1976 he was the principal architect of the first-year introduction to Liberal Studies curriculum and helped build both the history and American studies departments.  He is a distinguished scholar of American higher education, the American South, and of cultural and intellectual history.  The History Department at Amherst College established teh annual Hawkins Lecture in his honor.

Douglas C. Wilson , Class of 1962, joined Amherst as secretary for public affairs in 1977.  He was editor of the College's alumni magazine for twenty-five years and was the author of several books and many articles on the  history of Amherst College.

  • Hawkins talks about the politics of "coffee hour":
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  • Hawkins describes being a gay member of the faculty in the 1950s:
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  • Hawkins talks about learning to teach at Amherst:
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