This interview concentrates on Lillian S. Berberian's family life and her experiences as a city girl – a female day student who attended Pembroke College but did not live on campus, and she reminisces about life-long friendships with other city girls. She explains that her parents expected her to live at home while she attended Pembroke, and she describes her days on campus as “an outsider.”
With interviewer, Michael Gates '91, Berberian discusses Brown University's fraternities and the changes that have taken place to the campus which leads to a conversation about her Armenian parents, their history, language, and behavioral expectations, and similarly about the interviewer's Polish family.
Berberian participated in International Club and volunteered at Nickerson House. She recounts her early teaching career, meeting her husband through the Armenian community, choosing to stay at home with her children, and returning to teaching in 1979 as a substitute. She concludes the interview by addressing the rigor of hercollege experience, minority students, and her daughter’s impression of Brown as she awaited acceptance.
Providence, Rhode Island