Interview with Kenneth Vanlandingham, May 3, 1978

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

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Dr. Kenneth Vanlandingham, professor of political science at the University of Kentucky, discusses several aspects of his career in academia. He talks about coming to UK as a student in 1938 before attending the University of Illinois to obtain his PhD. Vanlandingham taught high school and was a professor at Florida State University before returning to teach at UK.

Vanlandingham compares UK presidents Frank McVey, Herman Donovan, Frank Dickey, John Oswald, and Albert Kirwan. He discusses their personalities as well as their abilities as presidents of the university. He talks about the overemphasis on athletics at the university. He discusses the effects of McCarthyism and political pressure on academic freedom. He discusses the controversy surrounding another political science professor, Gladys Kammerer. Vanlandingham discusses the effects of integration at UK, and talks about students' changing attitudes concerning political activity. He talks about several issues affecting UK faculty, including a mandatory retirement age and the increased emphasis on publishing and research.

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1978oh058_af089

Interviewee Name

Kenneth Vanlandingham

Interviewer Name

Ted Lisle

Interview Date

1978-05-03

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Vanlandingham, Kenneth Interview by Ted Lisle. 03 May. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Vanlandingham, K. (1978, May 03). Interview by T. Lisle. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Vanlandingham, Kenneth, interview by Ted Lisle. May 03, 1978, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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