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P. George Bird taught in the Theatre department at Eastern Michigan University from 1956-2006. The interview is an account of his time teaching on campus, his most memorable productions and the planning and construction of Quirk Theatre. Reinhard Wittke was a professor in the History Department at Eastern Michigan University from 1956-1990. During his time at Eastern, Wittke established and was best known for establishing the European Adventure Tours in 1960, which became International Studies Program. This is the third part in a three part series.

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Quirk Theatre, Eugene Elliott, National Guard, Harold Sponberg, Civil Rights, Theatre Productions, Theatre Directors, Campus Life

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P. George Bird and Reinhard Wittke Oral History Interview, 2016 April 23