Oral history interview with Laura Micham, 2018

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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0:00 - Interview introduction

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Partial Transcript: Today is Monday, May 21, 2018.

0:26 - Early life and biographical information

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Partial Transcript: So I'd like to start the interview by asking you about your background. Could you tell me where and when you were born?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses her early life.

Keywords: LGBTQA

6:07 - First impressions and time at UNCG

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Partial Transcript: You've made your decision, it's 1988, August rolls around. What were your first days like? What was your first impression?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses her first impressions and her time and UNCG.

Keywords: Athletics; Faculty; Guilford Residence Hall; International and Global Studies; LGBTQA; Mary Foust Residence Hall; Michael Faoro; Students; Women's and Gender Studies Department

20:10 - Classes and professors that made an impression

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember any particular favorite classes/professors?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses notable professors and classes during her time at UNCG.

Keywords: Alice Walker; Anthropology Department; Dr. John D'Emilio; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department; LGBTQA; Robin Morgan; Women’s and Gender Studies Department

28:25 - Dining hall

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Partial Transcript: So, you had to eat in the dining hall?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses the dining hall during her time at UNCG.

Keywords: Activism; Dining Hall; Social life and events; Vegetarian

32:08 - Groups involved with

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Partial Transcript: So, did you have other groups you were involved with?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses the groups she was a part of during her time at UNCG.

Keywords: Gulf War; International AIDS Day; International and Global Studies; Jackson Library; LGBTQA; The Power Company; William E. Moran Commons and Plaza

40:36 - Things to do for fun/events

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Partial Transcript: So for fun you went to The Power Company, what else?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses what she did for fun during her time at UNCG.

Keywords: LGBTQA; Michael Faoro

47:36 - Proudest accomplishments and contributions

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Partial Transcript: What were your proudest accomplishments or contributions during your time at UNCG?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses her proudest accomplishments and contributions during her time at UNCG.

Keywords: Faculty; Gulf War; International and Global Studies; LGBTQA

49:48 - UNCG LGBTQA/Library/Community

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Partial Transcript: Before you came to UNCG you were out to yourself. Were you out to anyone else?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses the LGBTQA climate of UNCG during her time there.

Keywords: Jackson Library; LGBTQA

56:47 - Life after UNCG and Duke University

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Partial Transcript: So, you graduated in 1992 - did you know what you wanted to do?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses her life after graduating from UNCG, and her job at Duke University.

Keywords: Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance; Duke University; Dykes Against Dirt; Ed McKay's Used Books; Emory College; Ginny Daley; LGBTQA; Linda Matthews; Michael Faoro; Ninth Street Bakery (Durham, NC); Robert Byrd; Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture

70:25 - Organizations

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Partial Transcript: Have you been involved in organizations?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses the organizations she is a part of.

Keywords: American Library Association (ALA); Common Woman Chorus

72:42 - The effect of larger LGBT issues in the nation and NC

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Partial Transcript: How have larger issues in the nation, like the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same sex marriage, or the passage of HB2 affected you?

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses discusses the larger issues of the nation and how they have affected her personally and professionally.

Keywords: American Library Association (ALA); Chris Bourg; Obergefell v. Hodges; Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (HB2)

76:40 - Impact and meaning of UNCG

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Partial Transcript: Tell me how UNCG has affected your life and what it means to you.

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses the impact and what UNCG means to her.

77:31 - Future of UNCG

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Partial Transcript: We're doing these interviews as part of the 125th anniversary of the University, but also helps us think about the future beside reflecting on the past.

Segment Synopsis: Ms. Micham discusses where she sees UNCG headed in the next 25 to 30 years.

Keywords: LGBTQA

78:55 - Interview conclusion