ROHO News Archive
  • 8 July 2009: Judge D. Lowell Jensen: A Life Dedicated to the Administration of Justice and Legal Reform This insightful oral history chronicles the long and distinguished career of Lowell Jensen, a UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law graduate, a twenty-six-year veteran of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, elected four times as District Attorney -who
    tried or supervised the prosecution of a succession of cases that gained national attention -including the Free Speech Movement, the three trials of Black Panther Party leader Huey P. Newton, and the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst. These among others cases discussed in the oral history provide a legal chronicle of the upheavals and social movements of the 1960s and 70s. In 1981, Jensen was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to head the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and by 1985 advanced to the position of Deputy Attorney General under Edwin Meese. From this insiders perspective, Jensen reflects on the changing nature of crime, efforts to standardize law enforcement and coordinate information gathering. In 1986 Jensen was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern California District where he still presides. Jensen has played a significant role in state and national organizations to standardize sentencing procedures and to teach best practices in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.
  • 8 June 2009: In our continuing collaboration with The National Park Service and The City of Richmond, the next group of Rosie the Riveter / World War II American Homefront transcripts are now online.
  • 1 June 2009: ROHO is pleased to announce The Beverly Willis Oral History Project, documenting the life and work of Beverly Willis, FAIA, an American architect known for her work as a designer and an urban planner, a real estate developer, and a philanthropist.
  • 30 April 2009: "Managed Care in the 1990s: Politics, Policy, and Oral History Perspectives" Archived Video of a panel discussion held April 8, 2009 featuring: Alain Enthoven, James Robinson, Martin Meeker, and Richard Candida-Smith, with written remarks by Robin Einhorn.
  • 20 April 2009: Taking the University to the People: The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Oral History Project is an expansive, five-year, interview-based research project funded by individual donations to the University of California Office of the President. Over the past 150 years the University of California, as a land-grant university, has provided scientific assistance and technology for the Golden State’s agricultural community and citizens in a system past UC President Robert Dynes described as the “R, D & D” model (Research, Development and Delivery).
  • 10 February 2009: Upcoming Event!

    "Managed Care in the 1990s: Politics, Policy, and Oral History Perspectives"
    A panel discussion sponsored by the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library
    Wednesday, April 8th, 4pm - 6pm

    3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley

    Over the past three years, the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California, Berkeley, has been conducting interviews on the development of Kaiser Permanente since 1970. This series builds on a previous set of interviews with the founding generation that began in the 1980s, shortly after the death of Dr. Sidney Garfield. To mark the mid-point in this new series of in-depth interviews, the Regional Oral History Office will host a panel discussion, "Managed Care in the 1990s: Politics, Policy, and Oral History Perspectives," that will explore what these interviews have to say about Kaiser Permanente in the changing structure of health care delivery of the 1990s. Panelists will comment on the work done in this series and its relevance to the most important questions currently confronting scholars of the development of health care in the United States.

    Professor Alain Enthoven, Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management, Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business

    Professor James Robinson, Kaiser Permanente Distinguished Professor of Health Economics, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

    Martin Meeker, Ph.D., Academic Specialist, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
  • 3 February 2009: ROHO is pleased to announce our 2009 Advanced Oral History Summer Institute will take place August 10 - 14, 2009. The 2009 Institute is now full. Applications no longer accepted. Thank you for your interest.
  • 10 December 2008: Newly available in the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement collection are three oral histories in a project on Social and Political Advocacy in the Epilepsy Community: Congressman Tony Coelho, sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Parent Advocate Susan Axelrod, founder of CURE; and Elizabeth Borda Rivera, director of the Epilepsy Foundation’s Women and Epilepsy Initiative. Also added to the collection is an in-depth oral history with historian Paul Longmore discussing the development of disability scholarship and activism on disability issues over thirty years. Four interviews—with June Kailes, Joanne Juarugei, Maureen Fitzgerald, and Megan Kirshbaum—chronicle pioneering independent living programs in Los Angeles and Berkeley. Interviews with John Kelly and Alana Thierault focus on equal access and independent living resources over the past two decades. Interviews with Russ Bohlke and Sam Dardick give a picture of  attending UC Berkeley with a significant disability before the genesis of the independent living movement at Berkeley in the 1960s. These oral histories were made possible with funding from DBTAC-Pacific ADA Center, a Mary Elizabeth Rennie grant from UC Berkeley Committee on Research, and a generous gift from Professor Ray Lifchez.
  • 17 November 2008: University of California basketball coaching legend Pete Newell passed away today at the age of 93. Read his oral history, UC Berkeley Athletics and a Life in Basketball: Coaching Collegiate and Olympic Champions; Managing, Teaching, and Consulting in the NBA.
  • 16 October 2008: New to the University History SeriesAn Interview with  Leon Wofsy, Professor Emeritus in Immunology and Political Activist. Dr. Wofsy began his tenure at Berkeley in the fateful year of 1964. Topics include Communist Party, microbiology and immunology, Free Speech Movement, anti-Vietnam War Movement, and challenges to the University.
  • 14 October 2008: ROHO is pleased to launch the Doctor Atomic Oral History Project website.
  • 7 October 2008: The Regional Oral History Office is pleased to announce the website launch of the Oakland Army Base Oral History Project, a collaboration with the Port of Oakland and the City of Oakland.
  • 11 August 2008: Seeking narrators for the Oakland Army Base Oral History Project.
  • ROHO is on the move this fall, returning to the newly retrofitted Doe Annex with the rest of The Bancroft Library.
  • 15 May 2008: ROHO is pleased to announce the oral histories of Theodore B. Lee and Doris Shoong Lee.
  • There will be no Summer Institute in 2008, but ROHO has exciting plans for the coming academic year, including a symposium and workshops... more info
  • 20 February 2008: Howard Schachman transcript announced: UC Berkeley Professor of Molecular Biology: On the Loyalty Oath Controversy, The Free Speech Movement, and Freedom in Scientific Research.
  • 1 November 2007: ROHO presents John A. De Luca, Ph.D.: President and CEO of the Wine Institute, 1975-2003, Executive Vice Chairman of the Wine Institute, 2003-2008. This interactive online transcript features audio and video excerpts, as well as links to many referenced Wine History ROHO transcripts.View John De Luca's remarks at the presentation of his oral history and browse additional Wine Industry ROHO transcripts.
  • 24 October 2007: Join ROHO at the 2007 Annual Oral History Association Conference, "The Revolutionary Ideal: Transforming Community Through Oral History" October 24-28, Oakland Marriott Hotel.

    On Wednesday October 24, ROHO will sponsor a reception and panel discussion at the Oakland Museum of California, 1100 Oak Street. Reception 5:30-6:30 followed by Panel Discussion 6:45-8:45. Hope to see you there!

    Former attendees of ROHO's Advanced Oral History Summer Institute please check in with us so we can schedule a reunion.

    Congratulations to our colleagues, program co-chairs Norma Smith and Horacio Roque Ramírez for a wonderful conference.
  • 21 October 2007: Starting from his interviews in the Rosie the Riveter World War II American Homefront Project, former ROHO Interviewer David Washburn's documentary film Broadcast Cowboy screens at the Oakland International Film Festival.
  • 14 October 2007: Memorial celebration for Professor Norman Jacobson, Political Science, UCB. Professor Jacobson was interviewed in his office in Barrows Hall in 1999 about his role in the Free Speech Movement. This oral history transcript was reviewed and approved by Professor Jacobson and is part of a larger project on the history of the Free Speech Movement.
  • 2 July 2007: ROHO launches Survival: Lives of Hungarians under Communist and Capitalist Governments 1956-2006 oral history website with fifteen online and nineteen total oral history transcripts.
  • 3 May 2007: ROHO announces oral history with Ernest S. Kuh: Innovator in Circuit Theory and Computer Aided Design; Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences...
  • 8 March 2007: ROHO launches Kaiser Permanente 1970 - Present website! The first thirteen interview transcripts from the new Kaiser Permanente oral history project are released and available for research.
  • 7 March 2007: Remembering Ernest Gallo, 1909-2007. Read the ROHO oral history: Ernest Gallo, The E. and J. Gallo Winery.
  • 5 March 2007: The annual Advanced Oral History Summer Institute is taking a hiatus in 2007. Look here in the coming months for an announcement about an exciting new initiative that promises to push the boundaries of oral and public history!
  • 21 November 2006: ROHO is pleased to announce the launch of the Artists with Disabilities Oral History Project website.
  • 1 November 2006: ROHO hosts the Working Group in Memory and Narrative's 2006 Annual Conference "Diversity" in an International Context.
  • Spring 2004: ROHO Spring 2004 Newsletter
  • Fall 2004: ROHO Fall 2004 Newsletter

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