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Lindsay Patterson lectures at the University of Connecticut

 Digital Record


Poet and playwright Lindsay Patterson delivered 2 lectures that can be found on 3 reels. Patterson spoke on 10/2/1973 (2015-0002/RR241) and 4/19/1977 (2015-0002/RR242 reel 1) (2015-0002/RR243 reel 2).

Patterson attended Virginia State University, earning a BA in English before serving in the US Army as a reporter for Stars and Stripes. Arriving in New York City in 1962, Patterson began a four decade long writing career contributing regularly to the New York Times, Essence Magazine, Newsday, ANPI, Playbill, and various other publications. Patterson was also the host of interview programs on WRVR-FM and WPIX-TV where he interviewed major artists within the black and white theater and cultural worlds.

Patterson was a professor at Queens College, Hunter College, The College of New Rochelle, and the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center.

Biographical / Historical

Patterson, Lindsay Waldorf was born on July 22, 1934 (year in question) in Bastrop, LA, and graduated from Virgina State University with a BA in English before serving in the U.S. Army as a reporter for Stars and Stripes. Moving to New York City in 1962, he worked as an account executive with the Harrision Adveristing Agency. Patterson moved on to become a feature writer and columnist/assistant to Langston Hughes at the Associated Negro Press in 1965. In the 1970s, he was a co-host on the Celebrity Hour program (WRVR-FM, New York City, 1974-1977) and Black Conversations program (WPIX-TV, New York City, 1976-1979), interviewing the major movers, shakers and artists within the black and white theatre and cultural worlds, leading to long-term friendships with Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and many others. In his four decades in New York, he was a regular contributor to the New York Times, as well as its book review, Essence Magazine, Newsday, Playbill, ANPI and dozens of other newspapers, magazine and wire services.

Patterson was an Adjunct Professor of Afro-American & Caribbean literature, black theater, and expository writing at Hunter College (1974-1986), Adjunct Professor of Literature at College of New Rochelle-Manhattan branch (1986-1991) and Assistant Professor of English at Queens College (1990).

Patterson was also a moderator of a short story seminar at Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center from 1986-1991 and adjunct Professor in the department of Academic skills (Hunter College) from 1988-1991. He was also a speaker and consultant to various New York City public schools.

Mr. Patterson died August 26, 2009.

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Existence and Location of Originals

Original audio recordings reside in the University of Connecticut, Black Experience in the Arts Collection, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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