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Adam Lubinsky


New York, NY

Recorded by

Annelise Finney


This interview with Adam Lubinsky was conducted on June 15, 2015 remotely via Zoom. During the interview Adam was at home in Brooklyn, NY and Annelise was at home in Oakland, CA. The interview was less than 45 minutes long because another family member in Adam's home needed to use the computer he was using to talk on Zoom. Adam is a friend of Suzanne Snider, the founder of the Oral History Summer School, and mentions her a few times throughout the interview. At one point toward the middle of the conversation, Annelise's wifi cuts out and the connection is lost. Annelise and Adam were able to reconnect and the conversation continues a few minutes later.

Adam is an urban planner who works with school districts on school integration, among other things. He is a principal at WXY Studio in New York City and the father of two daughters in public school in New York City, one of whom is in high school. In this interview, Adam reflects on recently receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and continued working from home. He speaks about how the pandemic has broadened where and how students access education and how the flow of students out of traditional public schools is impacting the schools he works with. He also talks about how remote work has impacted his office and made it hard for the office community to process tension around job insecurity and suspicions of a gender-based pay gap.

Interviewer Bio:

Annelise Finney is a European American cis-woman, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently works as a radio journalist covering reparations in California and breaking news in the Bay Area. Previously she worked as defense investigator for public defenders offices in New York City and San Francisco. She is an alum of the 2016 Oral History Summer School. She is also an avid sewist, hiker and cook. 

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