Interview #101: Sewell, William H.
UW-Madison TEI edition, September, 2009
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First Interview, Interviewed: 1977; Interviewer: Laura Smail
Robben Fleming's chancellorship; Board of Regents and handling of protest movement; Regents' other concerns; Fred Harvey Harrington's position, 1967-68; Background to October 1967 Dow Protests; Student leaders; Faculty reactions to Dow Protests; Discussions with campus and city police; People involved in handling of Protests; Other problems during chancellorship; Law and pharmacy deanships; Crisis following Martin Luther King's assassination; Decision to establish Afro-American Studies Department; UW and state government; Influential friends of UW; WARF; Town and Gown Club; Teaching; TA system and Sociology TAs; Attitude towards TA Strike; Background; Funding for social sciences; Harrington and Edwin Young; Merger; Loss of top scholars and effects on University.
Second Interview, Interviewed: 1983 ; Interviewer: Laura Smail
History of Sociology Department; Rural sociology; Weakness of Department by late 1930s; Outside funding for research; Division of anthropology and sociology into separate departments; Talent searches; Center for Demography; Attempt to gain more grant money for social sciences; Opposition of presidents Conrad Elvehjem and E. B. Fred; Department's high national rating; Likely effects of recent budget reductions; Pressure to publish in Department.
Third Interview, Interviewed: 1985; Interviewer: Laura Smail
College education and early interest in medicine and sociology; Graduate work at University of Minnesota under Stewart Chapin; Teaching and research at University of Oklahoma; Statistical and sociological work for Navy during WWII; Recruitment by E. B. Fred; Post-war research on child and adolescent socialization and revision of post-Freudian psychoanalysis; Research on social stratification; Wisconsin High School student data and Wisconsin Longitudinal Study; Collaboration with and impressions of Otis Dudley Duncan, Robert Hauser and Sewall Wright; Writing; Involvement in national organizations; Current research.
Fourth Interview, Interviewed: 1988; Interviewer: Mark Solovay
Background and research.