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Looking back on his last 15 years, Roland weaves together together the world of possibility and adventure he was looking for; the places he has lived in for multiple year periods such as Grenada Spain, Haverford Collage, and San Francisco; and the communities from which he came that shaped who he is, specifically Quaker summer camp. A thread through out his life thus far is being of service, hospitality, and a search for a focused passion, connection and community. Having bought a home in Hudson three years ago with his partner, Roland shares his thinking on how he can bring together his wanderlust and desire to create magical experiences with ideas of home, stability and the commitment that comes with having a relationship with the land. During the interview Roland makes connections between his own personal preoccupation and how they are aligned with what is going on in Hudson, specifically he speaks about his perception around the lack of the work in the city and the frustration that it engenders, and how this plays out along class lines. The last quarter of the interview focuses on Roland’s thoughts on rituals, routines, and mentorship.
This interview will be of interest to those who think about the impact of community, ritual, built social structures, home, belonging, and the desire many people have around fitting in, having life projects / focuses as well as Hudson circa 2015 and beyond.
Canadian born Theodore Kerr is a Brooklyn based writer and organizer currently doing graduate work at Union Theological Seminary. His interest in oral histories relates to his practice of community conversation facilitation.
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.
Oral history is an iterative process. In keeping with oral history values of anti-fixity, interviewees will have an opportunity to add, annotate and reflect upon their lives and interviews in perpetuity. Talking back to the archive is a form of “shared authority.”