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Rose Olver H1973

Rose Olver was interviewed by Hugh D. Hawkins  on January 22, 2008.  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 .

Rose Olver , L. Stanton Willilams '41 Professor of Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies, graduated from Swarthmore College and earned her doctorate from Radcliffe College.  In 1962, she became the first full-time woman faculty member in a tenure-track position and in 1968 became the first woman on the faculty to receive tenure.  Olver became Chair of the Psychology Department in 1970, the first woman to chair an academic department at the College.  She is considered a leading expert on the psychology of self.

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.

  • Olver talks about her early years at Amherst:
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  • Olver describes Amherst becoming co-ed:
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  • Olver talks about the beginning of Women and Gender Studies at Amherst: 
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