Robert Burns interview (2 of 3, video and transcript)

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Robert Burns interview (2 of 3, video and transcript)

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Interview with Robert Burns by Barbara Roos, documenting the history of Grand Valley State's William James College. William James College was the third baccalaureate degree granting college for Grand Valley. It was originally designed to be an interdisciplinary, non-departmentalized college consisting of concentration programs, rather than majors. The college opened in 1971 and was discontinued in 1983 during a reorganization of Grand Valley State. Robert Burns was a faculty member of William James College and longtime professor at GVSU who taught anthropology and photography from 1973 until his retirement in 1993. He was also notably the father of documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, who found inspiration from his father's photographs and travels from a young age. In this interview, Robert looks at William James College in retrospect and discusses his thoughts on the endangered nature of the college, the various stages of grief he has worked through with its closing, and what the essence of "William James" really was in hindsight. This interview is part 2 of 3 for Robert Burns.

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1984

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Grand Valley State University. University Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives

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Roos, Barbara (Interviewer)

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GV016-16_GVSU_12_Burns

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eng

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Burns, Robert, “Robert Burns interview (2 of 3, video and transcript),” Digital Collections, accessed May 17, 2021, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/45230.
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