David Zeigler interview, 1994 November 11

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David Zeigler interview, 1994 November 11
Contributor Names
Poll, Carol (Interviewer)
Zeigler, David
Date Digitized
This is an interview with David Zeigler who began at FIT's continuing education division in 1956 following a transfer from the Board of Education. At the time, the school was still based in the Central Needle Trades High School. Zeigler discusses contentions within the English department, the formation of a union in response, and how he came to be elected as the first faculty president of FIT. Zeigler mentions various faculty in his department and emphasizes how deeply he became entrenched in faculty committees due to political forces. Zeigler oversaw the yearbook as well. He then talks about Marvin Feldman and how, coming from West Point, Feldman had to adapt to FIT's sense of openness. Zeigler discusses the union's positive impact on the school and what it was like to teach first-generation students, being a proud child of immigrants himself. He then delves into the design of his coursework and how pedagogy has evolved over the years. Zeigler was retired at the time of the interview, but still publishing his own writing as well as taking courses in Yiddish to reconnect with his upbringing. Zeigler returns to a discussion on his challenging time as Chair and what he looked for in faculty. He then talks about liberal arts as key in the development of citizens of a democracy, but notes that some highly successful alumni did not excel in his course. Zeigler discusses the founding of the school and personalities such as Morris Haft who gave the school a familial feel. And finally, Zeigler makes an emphatic statement on the importance of his time teaching at FIT.
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Oral histories
Zeigler, David
Goodman, Shirley, 1915-1991
Reeves, Carol
Gogol, Miriam, 1949-
Feldman, Marvin
Marcus, Gladys
Buchman, Jeffrey
Buchman, Sidney, 1902-1975
Parkas, Judith
Khan, Irwin
American Association of University Professors
Bethel, Lawrence L.
Leader, Bill
High School of the Fashion Industries (New York, N.Y.)
Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
Public speaking
Continuing education
New York (N.Y.). Board of Education
Education, Humanistic
Labor unions
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
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FIT 50th Anniversary oral history series, 1994-1996


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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1994, November 10). David Zeigler interview, 1994 November 11 [Video]. Archive on Demand. https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/135875
Fashion Institute of Technology. "David Zeigler interview, 1994 November 11." Archive on Demand, 10 Nov. 1994, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/135875
Fashion Institute of Technology, "David Zeigler interview, 1994 November 11," Archive on Demand, November 10, 1994, video, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/135875