Nannerl O. Keohane Oral History Interview, May 26, 2004

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Keohane, Nannerl O.

Contains audiotapes and transcript of an oral history interview with Nannerl O. Keohane, professor of political science and president of Duke University from 1993 to 2004.

Major subjects in this interview include Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, Duke University Health System, managed health care, Ralph Snyderman, the Duke University Board of Trustees, Duke University School of Nursing, and translational medicine. Major individuals noted in this interview include Richard Brodhead, Wilburt Cornell Davison, Doris Duke, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, Jean Spaulding, Mary Ann Black, and John Burness. The interview was conducted in 2004 by Walter E. Campbell.

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Contains an oral history interview and transcript.

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Dr. Nannerl Keohane was born Nannerl Overholser in Blytheville, Arkansas on September 18, 1940. She was valedictorian of her high school in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and in 1961, she graduated with honors from Wellesley College, of which she later would become president. She earned her second bachelor's degree from the University of Oxford. She received a PhD in political science from Yale, where she was a Sterling Fellow and would later be awarded the Wilbur Cross Medal for distinguished alumni. Before her presidency at Wellesley, Dr. Keohane taught at Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. In 1981 she became president of Wellesley College and was president of Duke University from 1993-2004. She has chaired Stanford University's faculty senate and a Harvard Board of Overseers visiting committee. She now teaches at Stanford. Dr. Keohane has remained active in her field of political science, maintaining professorships during both of her presidencies. She has held numerous positions in the American Political Science Association and has been editor of its journal. Dr. Keohane is the author of numerous works on the topics of feminism, political philosophy, and education. Such writings include Philosophy and the State in France: The Renaissance to the Enlightenment (1980) and Feminist Theory: A Critique of Ideology (1982), of which she is co-editor. A book of her collected speeches was published in 1995, entitled A Community Worthy of the Name. Dr. Keohane was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1995. She has served on the Council for Foreign Relations, the board of directors for IBM, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Humanities Center, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, the Trilateral Commission, and the Director's Advisory Committee for the National Institutes of Health.

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Acquired; 2004.
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Processed by Jessica Roseberry, Jan. 2004 Encoded by Emily Glenn, Jan. 2004

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[Identification of item], Nannerl O. Keohane Interview, Duke University Medical Center Archives.