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Dr. Charles A. Le Guin is Professor Emeritus of History at Portland State University, where he taught for over thirty-five years.

In this interview with Heather O. Petrocelli on May 16, 2017, Dr. Le Guin recalls his experience as a member of the Portland State faculty starting in the 1950s. He describes his view of Portland State's development from a small college to a large urban university, the professional, social, and cultural environments of the downtown campus, and the founding of pioneering academic programs such as University Studies and the Honors College.

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Dr. Charles A. Le Guin is Professor Emeritus of History at Portland State University, where he taught for over thirty-five years.

Dr. Le Guin, a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, received his Master's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and his Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta. He joined the faculty of Portland State College in 1959, when most of the campus classrooms, offices, and facilities were still located in the former Lincoln High School Building in downtown Portland, and the college's first new building, Cramer Hall, was still only partially built.

In this interview with Heather O. Petrocelli, Dr. Le Guin recalls Portland State's development from a small college to a large urban university and changes which occurred in departmental structure and campus culture as the school grew.

The fledgling college was still small in 1959, but Portland State was fertile ground for intellectual collaboration and camaraderie among faculty across academic departments. The PSU community connected faculty and students to cultural as well as academic resources in Portland including music, theater, and the arts, and was vitally involved in political and creative movements.

The University Archives has teamed with the Retirement Association of Portland State (RAPS) and other campus stakeholders in an ongoing effort to capture the first-person insight of those instrumental to the development and success of Portland State.

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5-16-2017

Disciplines

Education | Oral History | Public History

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Interview with Charles Le Guin

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