John Hyland Oral History Interview
In this interview Hyland discusses the path he took from the life of a priest to that of a college professor, describing and analyzing his activism at all stages along the way. He describes how his interest in the Worker-Priest movement in France, would lead him to the Welfare Rights movement in NYC, community organizing (1963-68), and finally the labor movement. As Open Admissions was being implemented in the early 1970s, he became a full-time professor at LaGuardia Community College, which emphasized interdisciplinary and community learning. This would shape his scholarship giving him a critical framework towards understanding the formation of institutions.
Hyland reflects on his leadership and organizer role in each of the organizations and institutions within which he worked. The structure, mission and ethos of the New Caucus from Hyland’s perspective is explored as he unpacks the issues it faced in its early years. He concludes by saying that people need to experience power in order to develop and that actually "the labor union movement is a human development movement." He remains active in the PSC Retirees Chapter.
Creators | Friedheim, Bill; Vásquez, Andrea Ades
Date Created | July 23, 2014
Interviewers | Friedheim, Bill; Vásquez, Andrea Ades
Interviewee | Hyland, John
Rights | Copyright CUNY Digital History Archive This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Item Type | Oral History (Digital)
Cite This document | Friedheim, Bill and Vásquez, Andrea Ades, “John Hyland Oral History Interview,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed November 25, 2020, https://cdha.cuny.edu/items/show/51.