Interview with Otis A. Singletary, September 27, 1988

Project: Otis A. Singletary Oral History Project

Interview Summary

A good deal of Session Fourteen deals with Otis A. Singletary's reaction to Allan Bloom's book Closing of the American Mind: how higher education has failed democracy and impoverished the souls of today's students (1987). He goes through different points made in the book and gives his opinion based on what he experienced in the time he was university president. He covers the role of student government and the Student Activities Board, as well as the occurrence of McCarthyism at the University of Kentucky. He also touches on the meaning of academic freedom and its role at U.K.

The interview looks again at the part that the media plays in the university and across the nation. Singletary talks about the bias presented in the media (he specifically mentions Dan Rather and George H.W. Bush). He talks about how important he felt it was to have a campus newspaper like the Kernel, and how the university dealt with phasing out financial support from the institution. Singletary touches briefly on the Penn Central Investment and the ramifications for the university. Finally, he argues for the university switch to selective admissions and explains its importance.

Interview Accession

1988oh209_oas014

Interviewee Name

Otis A. Singletary

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1988-09-27

Interview LC Subject

Singletary, Otis A.

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Singletary, Otis A. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 27 Sep. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Singletary, O.A. (1988, September 27). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Otis A. Singletary Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Singletary, Otis A., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. September 27, 1988, Otis A. Singletary Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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