In Part 1 of this interview, Rita A. Campbell discusses her upbringing, how she decided to attend Brown University, and the racial dynamics she experienced as a Black student in overwhelmingly White educational environments. She then speaks about negative perceptions of interracial dating and about her academic pursuits at Brown.
In Part 2, she discusses her relationship with her French instructor Margo Kasdan (who was pursuing her Ph.D. at Brown at the time), how her experiences at Brown and after graduation were informed by race, and how Brown shaped her understanding of the roles of women in society.
In Part 3, Campbell describes courses and professors that had a lasting influence on her, the ways she feels her Brown experience was both self-improving and damaging, and her post-graduation career and life.
Part 4 is a brief conclusion to the interview that touches on Campbell's transition from the arts and entertainment business to a focus on human rights and housing.
Pembroke Center, Brown University