Outspoken: A COPH Podcast

Episode Twenty: Introducing the new lawrence de graaf center for oral and public history

In Episode Twenty, Dr. Benjamin Cawthra sits down with COPH director, Dr. Natalie Fousekis to discuss the Center's brand new space on the 6th floor of CSU Fullerton's Pollak Library. Dr. Fousekis talks about the process and challenges of building a new Center; describes the features and benefits of the larger space; shares her vision for the Center's future; and reflects on the many people that helped make the project possible.

Later, in our Out of the Archives segment, archivist Natalie Garcia presents oral history clips from former COPH directors and CSUF History Professors, Dr. Lawrence de Graaf and Dr. Arthur Hansen.

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Out of the Archive Narrators:

Dr. Lawrence de Graaf and Dr. Arthur Hansen

courtyard at COPH's 50th anniversary event
Past COPH Directors, Dr. Arthur Hansen and Dr. Lawrence de Graaf with current COPH Director, Dr. Natalie Fousekis, at our 50th anniversary event in 2019.
cutting ribbon in interior hallway of COPHPast COPH Director, Dr. Lawrence de Graaf; current COPH Director, Dr. Natalie Fousekis; CSUF President Fram Virjee; Past COPH Director, Dr. Arthur Hansen; and H&SS Dead, Dr. Sheryl Fontaine cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Center on December 3, 2021.


Dr. Lawrence de Graaf is Professor of History Emeritus at CSUF, and a past director and namesake of the Lawerence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History. De Graaf was a founding faculty member at Cal State Fullerton and helped establish the history department and its curriculum. He conducted many of the Center's first oral histories for our African American History project, starting in the late 1960s.
He was interviewed in 1998 for our University History project and again in 2017 for our Orange County History project. 

Dr. Arthur Hansen is Professor of History Emeritus at CSUF and a past director of the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History. Hansen was the founding director of our Japanese American project when it began in 1972.  His research specialization is resistance activity within the World War II Japanese American exclusion and detention experience. Between 1992 and 2005 Hansen coedited a five-part collection of interviews entitled the Japanese American World War II  Evacuation Oral History Project.
He was interviewed in 2018 for our Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) Faculty project.

For more information on these oral histories, please contact COPH at coph@fullerton.edu