Project and Interview Process

The Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University Chicago (WLA) Peace Studies Oral Histories project began at the behest of Kathleen Maas Weigert. The former Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professor of Women and Leadership and now a Professor of Sociology, Maas Weigert recognized the importance of the story of Peace Studies at Mundelein College and its transition during the affiliation of Mundelein College and Loyola University Chicago. Professor Maas Weigert and Nancy Freeman, director of the WLA, asked award-winning videographer Kathleen Ermitage to facilitate the documentation of that story. In 2015, Ms. Ermitage conducted oral interviews with Professors William French, Kathleen McCourt, Gilda Parrella, and Prudence Moylan.  Funding came through the Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professor of Women and Leadership position with administrative support provided by the WLA.  The WLA holds the interviews, as well as the physical Peace Studies Records, both of which are available for use.

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