About Us

The James Farmer Lectures: Group Portrait 1
The James Farmer Lectures: Group Portrait 1” by ModernSelkie on Flickr.

Under the guidance of Dr. Jeffrey McClurken in the University of Mary Washington Adventures in Digital History 2012 seminar Laura Donahue ’12, Michelle Martz ’12, Kelsey Matthews ’13, and Caitlin Murphy ’12 have  constructed a digital archive of the James Farmer Reflection lecture series. Beginning in the 1980s, Farmer taught civil rights history at Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington). This digital archive holds thirteen of Farmer’s reflection lectures, given when he was Commonwealth Professor in History in 1983. The lectures were filmed by a local  news channel WNVT-TV Channel 53.

This project would not have been possible without the following people. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to the Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies, in particular Jim Groom and Tim Owens, for their excellent suggestions and willingness to assist us. Dr. Tim O’Donnell also deserves thanks for his suggestions, one of which being the trailer, and also for helping us decide where we really wanted to go with this project. Above all, this project would not even exist without Dr. Jeff McClurken, who was always ready for all of our seemingly endless questions and whose guidance helped in the formation and presentation of this project. We feel as though we cannot say thank you enough.