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Oral History Interview with Stuart Schaar

This interview with Stuart Schaar, Professor Emeritus of Middle East History at Brooklyn College, was conducted by Douglas Medina for his research on Open Admissions at CUNY.

Stuart Schaar was raised in the Bronx and attended the City College of New York. He received his doctorate from Princeton University and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison prior to his arrival at Brooklyn College in September 1968.

During the interview, Schaar describes his role as an organizer of the Anti-Vietnam War Coalition at Brooklyn College, and his support for CUNY’s Open Admissions policy. Schaar also discuses the imposition of tuition at CUNY schools, diversity at Brooklyn College, the Occupy Movement, and neoliberalism in the education sphere. In addition, Schaar discusses his research interests in North Africa and the Middle East, and his friendship with Eqbal Ahmad and other scholars.

Source | Medina, Douglas
Creator | Schaar, Stuart
Date Created | March 17, 2014
Interviewer | Medina, Douglas
Interviewee | Schaar, Stuart
Rights | Obtain From Medina, Douglas
Item Type | Oral History (Digital)
Cite This document | Schaar, Stuart, “Oral History Interview with Stuart Schaar,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed January 21, 2022,

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