Gordon Browder describes moving to Missoula, Montana, in 1948 to be the new chairman of the University of Montana’s Department of Sociology. He talks about the constant changes in University administration during the 1940s and 1950s as well as the reorganization of Faculty Senate and the founding of the teachers’ union. Browder discusses the role of President Robert Pantzer during the student protests over the Vietnam War. He also recalls how the president handled the conflict over the Jerry Farber essay, “The Student as Nigger,” which a UM instructor assigned his students. Browder mentions the establishment of the program in religious studies as well as the on-campus involvement of Drs. H.G. Merriam, J.E. Miller, and Rulon Jeppeson. He concludes by describing President McFarland administrative style and his own responsibilities as UM’s Director of Research.
Robert Pantzer; University of Montana Department of Research; Vietnam War; Carl McFarland; Department of Sociology; University of Montana faculty; University of Montana administration
University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Browder, Gordon, "Gordon Browder Interview" (1991). University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project. 5.