The audience at Assumption College on December 10 was alternately enthralled and intrigued by Dr. Steven Knott's presentation, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton: An Oral History Perspective. Dr. Knott was the main speaker at this event, sponsored by the Worcester Women's Oral History Project (WWOHP), and presented an enthusias-tic address to a gathering comprised of faculty and administrators from local colleges, students, WWHP and WWOHP members, as well as individuals from the community. Following his talk, Dr. Knott accepted several questions from the group, and a lively discussion ensued.
Dr. Knott is an Associate Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Naval War College and former Co-Chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Vir-ginia. Dr. Knott's most recent book, At Reagan's Side: Insiders' Recollections from Sacramento to the White House, is the culmination of his work overseeing the Reagan Oral History Project. He has also been involved in the Edward M. Kennedy, George H. W. Bush, and William J. Clinton Oral History Projects. His career includes six years at the JFK Library, and teaching positions in Political Science at the University of New Hampshire, Bos-ton College, Quinnipiac University, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Dr. Knott's other publications include The Reagan Years; Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth; and Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency.
Dr. Knott's address at Assumption College was followed by several thought provoking and insightful presenta-tions of oral histories by students. In addition, Dr. Knott signed copies of his new book for many in atten-dance.
This oral history event is just one of many offerings that have been, and will continue to be, presented by the Worcester Women's Oral History Project. It is part of a commitment to engage the wider Worcester community in the importance of oral history. The Project records, collects, and shares the personal and historical memories of women throughout the Worcester area.