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Video interview with A.V. Huff, former Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, and Professor of History at Furman University. Dr. Huff begins the interview talking about growing up in Columbia, SC, and his education at Wofford College, Yale Divinity School, and Duke University, where he received his Ph.D. in History. He began teaching History at Furman in 1968, living in the dorm as a new faculty member. Dr. Huff speaks of Furman during the turbulent times of the late 60's and early 70's. He touches on race relations, Betty Alverson and the start of the Collegiate Educational Service Corps (now Heller Service Corps), the Wesley Foundation during those years, the SSOC (Southern Student Organizing Committee), and the activism on campus. Dr. Huff talks about former Furman Presidents Gordon Blackwell and John Johns, as well as Deans, Francis Bonner and John Crabtree, and long time assistant to five Furman Deans, Peggy Park. Other highlights of the interview are Dr. Huff discussing Furman's split with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the curriculum change from the semester system to a trimester with a winter term, the beginning of Furman's Foreign Study program, and the relationship with the city of Greenville and Furman over the years.

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Greenville (S.C.)


Furman University; History; Oral histories; College teachers; College administrators




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