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The interview was recorded at Solaris, 360 Warren Street on June 19, 2014. Narrator Michael Hoy, aged 41, has lived in Columbia County for 6 years. Michael discusses his youth and early adulthood in Chicago, focusing on how an accident that had happened to his father has influenced his family life. Also, he talks about how his father’s suffering and death made him change his attitudes on life. After having completed a degree in psychology, he went on a spiritual quest and became inspired by the writings of Rudolf Steiner. He followed a Master’s program on Waldorf education and specialized in working with individuals with special needs. Working with Camphill first brought him to Northern Ireland, then to Triform Camphill in the Hudson valley and finally to Camphill Solaris, where Michael currently works. Through his work at Camphill he has met volunteers from various countries, especially Germany. He has travelled to various places in German-speaking countries and appreciates European culture. Michael furthermore talks about people who have inspired him, what he has learned from them reflects his future plans and wishes.
Anne Ribbert is a linguist and educational scientist with a keen interest in life stories and other oral history projects that address identity-related questions. She was born in Germany in 1979 and currently lives in Switzerland. Anne came to Hudson for the oral history summer school 2014.
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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