Worth Quoting is a speaker series sponsored by Florida State College at Jacksonville which ran for over twenty years, beginning in 1982 when Ellen Goodman, syndicated columnist and author, came to Jacksonville for a speaking engagement. The Florida Junior College Television Department, then part of the Division of Continuing Education, recognized the value of capturing interviews with influential figures such as Ms. Goodman on tape and subsequently making them available to students and the community. Ellen Goodman’s audio taping was so successful that the decision was made to move to video, and Ms. Goodman was followed by notables such as Margaret Atwood, Shirley Chisholm, and Alice Walker. The initial focus on women and women’s issues gradually enlarged to include noteworthy men on social, political, and literary issues. Claude Pepper, Stanley Karnow, and Rushworth Kidder were among those who graciously granted interviews. The program ran on Channel 26, the educational channel which the College began operating in 1980 to host its telecourses. Eventually Channel 26 featured programming from 6 a.m. to midnight every day, and reached over 200,000 households.
This collection represents the majority, but not by any means all, of the interviews filmed for this series. If you have information regarding existing copies of interviews with speakers not represented here, please contact Jennifer Grey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Opinions and views of the speakers in this series do not necessarily represent those of Florida State College at Jacksonville.
These videos and other FSCJ produced content can be found on the FSCJ Library and Learning Commons YouTube™ Channel.
Two of the many excellent videos from this series:
Interview with Judith Pisano
The importance of education.
Interview with Jim Brown
Importance of philanthropy.