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Jordan Fickle

June 12, 2019


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Julia Gottlieb

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This interview with Jordan Fickle was conducted on June 12, 2019 in Hudson, NY. Jordan is a clinical social worker who lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

In the interview, Jordan discusses her love for her dogs and fostering dogs, her relationship with her parents and brother, her time spent after college as a cook, and her relationship to her hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jordan talks about how she found a sense of community working at a restaurant after she graduated college, but eventually left her job as a cook to return to clinical social work. She shares experiences of her time spent in her book-club and her passion for reading. Jordan mentions the death of her father in 2011, and how both of her parents have informed her personal values and her interest in advocating for others. At the end of the interview, Jordan speaks about her growing passion for oral history in trying to collect the stories of family members and her hopes of adopting a child in the future.

This interview may be of particular interest to those who want to learn about personal empowerment through cooking, the political and social values of someone born and raised in Arkansas, relationships between siblings with different abilities, special education, adoption, personal struggles in finding community, social work, and the newly formed passions of someone who recently lost a parent.

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Julia Gottlieb

Julia Gottlieb, 21 years old, is a rising senior at Scripps College where she is working towards her B.A. in American studies and dance. She is a fellow student of Jordan’s in the Oral History Summer School and one of Jordan’s housemates for the ten days of the program. Julia is interested geography, urban studies, dance, and all of their intersections.

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