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Irene Allen is an extremely special person to the EMU Archives. Allen was a professor in the College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, from 1968 until her retirement in 2004. She has taught on three continents, presented papers on the topics of literacy and reading and spoken to audiences on six continents. A voracious traveler, Allen has visited all seven continents. Appointed writer and then Chief of Party to the EMU/USAID Swaziland Primary Curriculum Development Project (AID/afr-c-1 172) from 1982-1984, among many other appointments and achievements. Allen here discusses her work on the establishment of the EMU Women's Commission and being one of four women selected by EMU President Harold Sponberg to write the Women's Commission Constitution after a year of research by Anne Thompson concerning inequities between men and women faculty members in salary, rank, teaching assignments, etc., for equal work and degrees. Irene Allen has been an ardent supporter of the EMU Oral History Program since its inception, and, for that, she has our undying respect and love.

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Eastern Michigan University, College of Education, EMU Education, professor, Women's Commission, Women's Association, Chief of Party, Swaziland, USAID

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Irene Allen, Oral History Interview, 2019