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RSS

Oral History Project

 

 

 

The RSS Oral History Project is a collective effort to capture the memories, recollections, and insights of members of the Rural Sociological Society. 

 

In particular, three goals form the focus of the project:

(1) to develop a sense of where rural sociology has been, what progress it has made, and where it is heading;

(2) to compare past challenges/issues/opportunities with those of today; and

(3) to develop a better understanding of the relationship between sociology and rural sociology.

 

While the initial focus has been on interviewing past presidents, all interviews are welcome

In addition to past Presidents of RSS, those in other leadership positions should also be interviewed (ie. Treasurer/Executive Director,

Editors of Rural Sociology, Editors of The Rural Sociologist, etc).

 

 

Project Brochure

 

 

 

Project Information

 

 


Interviews Conducted (last updated: Aug. 2014)

 

Person Interviewed

Interviewer

 

Person Interviewed

Interviewer

 

 

 

 

 

C. Milton Coughenour

Jess Kropczynski

 

Jan Bokemeier

Cynthia Struthers

James A. Christenson

Lori Garkovich

 

Ann Tickamyer

Lisa Pruitt

Olaf Larson

Julie Zimmerman

 

Ron Wimberley

Rosalind Harris

Jan Flora

Brent Hales

 

Bill Lacy

Lisa Pruitt

Bill Heffernan

Gill Gillespie

 

Larry Busch

Ray Jussaume

Cornelia Flora

Cynthia Struthers

 

Gerald Klonglan

Peggy Petrzelka

Lou Swanson

Lori Garkovich

 

Dudley Poston

Mary Ann Davis

David Brown

Julie Zimmerman

 

Bill Friedland

Michael Schulman

Bo Beaulieu

Lori Garkovich

 

Don Dillman

Julie Zimmerman

Rabel Burdge

Julie Zimmerman

 

Jim Zuiches

David Brown

Glenn Fuguitt

David Brown

 

Don Field

Doug Smith

Peter Fricke

Ivy Brashear

 

William Cross

Cecil Shelton

Jess Gilbert

Julie Keller

 

Ken and Edie Pigg

Julie Zimmerman

Archie Haller Joachim Singelmann

 

Linda Lobao

Lisa Pruitt

 


 

 

Project Background

The RSS Oral History Project was initiated by Joachim Singelmann, President of the Rural Sociological Society (2009-2010).  Initially conceived in December 2009, Joachim sought to have captured the memories and recollections of past presidents of the Society, their contributions, as well as the context in which the scholars worked. 

 

A key aim in developing the project was an interest in the evolution and development of rural sociology as a specialty area of sociology, but also the development of rural sociology as an organization particularly for past presidents who worked in the South since rural sociology there often was the vanguard of the establishment of general sociology at land-grant institutions.

 

 


For more information, or to sign up to conduct one of the interviews, contact:

Julie N. Zimmerman

RSS Historian

Professor, Rural Sociology

Dept. of Community and Leadership Development, University of Kentucky

jzimm@email.uky.edu

 

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