Highlander Folk School Audio Archive
In 2016, we procured 50 analog cassettes from the Highlander Folk School Audio Collection (we were initially informed that digital recordings could be produced, but the cost was prohibitive). Administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Collection contains recordings of organization activities from 1953-1963. Accounting for 18 of the 25 hours on tape was a six-day 1962 voter education workshop.
- Audio recordings from the Collection allow us to document specific objective and subjective factors of educational experience: what people said, how they said it, what conceptual tools were used, and how meaning was constructed. They also present an opportunity to treat people’s words as a primary text in order to show how meaningful participation and educational dignity are accomplished in social interaction.One free ticket per special exhibition
Dignity & Social Interaction: Desegregation of the University of Alabama
Building on previous work on the social interactional study of dignity, we examine Robert Drew’s ‘Crisis,’ a cinéma vérité film produced in 1963 about the conflict between the Kennedy administration and Governor George Wallace over a federal court order to integrate the University of Alabama. We use use this documentary footage to show how the inter-personal experience of dignity—an historically contingent aspect of the inalienable and supreme value of the human person—was generated through the complex interaction between state and federal officials and the two citizens attempting to enter the university: Vivian Malone and James Hood. Additionally, as a way of informing the footage, we analyze interviews conducted with Malone and Hood, both African American, after enrollment to show how federal involvement and community solidarity worked to generate an enduring, albeit fraught, intra-personal sense of dignity.