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FIVE WALLACE AIDES MAULED IN GEORGIA

AUGUSTA, Ga., Sept. 26 (UP)-- Five campaign workers for Henry A. Wallace reported tonight that a band of men had dragged them from their headquarters here, and drove them ten miles out of town where they were…

PEOPLE'S PROGRESSIVE PARTY
of Georgia
85 Alexander Street, N.W., Atlanta 3
Telephon... Alpine 8088

CO-CHAIRMEN
I. Marshall
C. T. Pratt
EXECUTIVE VICE-CHAIRMAN
Don West
TREASURER
Mrs. Herman M. Rich
SECRETARY
William W.…

7298 Tuolumne Drive
Goleta, California
May 11, 1964

Dr. Wilbur E. Gilman
Chairman, Department of Speech
Queens College
Flushing 67, New York

Dear Dr. Gilman:

I am delighted with the teaching schedule you have mapped out for me and the…

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To the Editor: A June 2 editorial cites "outrage" among "longtime supporters" of the City University of New York at the appointment of Herman Badillo as chairman of the university's board of trustees. I do not know who these "longtime…

COUNTER-COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

QUEENS COLLEGE AMPHITHEATRE
11 A.M.
JUNE 3, 1969

PROGRAM

GLEN BRUNMAN -- Student Association President
ROBERT SARLIN -- Student
DR. MICHAEL WRESZIN -- Professor of History, Queens College
WALLY ROSENTHAL…

Title

Forbes Hill Collection

Description

Forbes Iverson Hill was born in Berkeley, California in June of 1928 and grew up in Southern and Central California. He graduated from Gonzales Union High School (in Steinbeck country), with a class that numbered 18 students. Forbes’ college years lasted longer than most. He attended several different institutions, including Chicago’s Roosevelt College and San Francisco State, as he worked toward what might later have been called “finding himself.” He paid for college with summer jobs in agriculture and on the railroads. He loved to tell stories about picking cherries, shelling peas, working in the cannery, building track and traveling all over the country meeting all kinds of people, from migrant laborers to fellow intellectuals. During this period he became active in progressive politics and causes. In 1948, working with the Henry A. Wallace campaign in Augusta, Georgia, he was beaten by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Eventually he graduated from San Diego State College, going on to earn a master’s degree at the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. at Cornell University, specializing in classical rhetoric. Throughout his life, he embraced learning in numerous other fields, particularly science and nature. His children later joked about using him as a “living encyclopedia.” Forbes taught at Williams College and at the University of California, Santa Barbara before coming to Queens College in 1964. In the course of his 43 years teaching at Queens, the department he served evolved from the Department of Speech to the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences to the Department of Media Studies. Forbes changed with the times; while he continued to teach occasional courses in the history of rhetoric, argumentation and public speaking, by the end of his career he also relished teaching courses in political communication and media, law and ethics. During the 1970s and early 80s, Forbes was active in the Professional Staff Congress, the professor’s union of the City University of New York. He was chairman of the Queens College Chapter for many years. He also chaired the Department of Communication Arts for two years. Forbes wrote a major section on Aristotle’s rhetoric for A Synoptic History of Classical Rhetoric, which was first published in the early 1970s and which has been revised and reprinted many times since then. He also wrote a number of articles on Aristotelian criticism, some of which excited much controversy in the field. However, his great passion was for classroom teaching; although he retired in 2003, he continued to teach part-time until just a few weeks before his death in November 2008. Forbes lived in Brooklyn for the last 31 years of his life. He came to love the borough and was active in local politics and many other community activities. He was a member of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights, where he served on the Council and regularly sang in the choir. Retirement and a reduced teaching schedule provided the time to sing in two additional choirs: the Brooklyn Community Chorus and the Congregation Beth Elohim Singers. In later years he also enjoyed traveling, and, most of all, spending time with his family. Forbes met his wife, Lyn, at Queens College and together they team taught a multimedia course, “The Role of Rhetoric in American Society,” for five years in the 1970s. In addition to his son, Harry (by a previous marriage), the couple had two children, Stephanie and Tim.

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Subject

Communist college teachers

Creator

Hill, Forbes

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1914-2008
Bulk, 1946-1964

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Language

English

Coverage

Queens College (New York, N.Y.)