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This interview with Elisabeth Ameln was conducted on June 27, 2016 in the Solaris, Camphill Hudson’s Center for the Social Arts in Hudson, NY. She is married to Roy Ford. Born in 1955 in Bergen, Norway, Elisabeth Alemn is a social worker who works at the Mental Health Center in Hudson. She reflected about her life growing up in Bergen, then traveling throughout Europe, living in Detroit, Pennsylvania (Camphill), and Hudson. Ameln moved to Hudson to be closer to her daughter her family. During the interview Elisabeth discusses her lifelong predilection for advocacy, for the rights of all people. This tendency began when she was a young child growing up in Bergen and she conveyed several Childhood stories, including how her mother raised her. She talks about her love of nature, simplicity, human rights, social work, and commitment to the mission of Camphill. She also talks about her realization of her own temperament, both as self-knowledge and how she is read by others.
This interview would be of interest to social workers, people interested in Camphill communities, and Norwegian diaspora.
Tomie Hahn is an ethnomusicologist and dance scholar interested in issues concerning the senses and transmission of embodied cultural knowledge. She lives in Ghent, NY.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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