Jim Roberts Photographs, 1968-1972
James (Jim) Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa, and an M.B.A. from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He currently serves as the Executive Vice Provost for Finance and Administration at Duke University. The James Roberts photographs range in date from 1968-1972, the years when Roberts was a student at Northwestern. Although Roberts was a history major, his primary passion was photography, and he considers its practice a substantial part of his education. Roberts arrived at Northwestern in 1968. He quickly became acquainted with the photography community in Evanston, and in 1969 joined the staff of the Syllabus yearbook. During 1969-1972, Roberts documented Northwestern life intensively, and made occasional forays into the surrounding Evanston and Chicago environs. He also spent a quarter studying abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico at the Centro Intercultural de Documentation, an important site of Catholic social activism in Mexico. The late 1960s and early 1970s were remarkable years at Northwestern, in Chicago, and around the world. The photos Roberts took, many published in the ’70, ’71, and ’72 editions of the Syllabus, artfully documented both the mundane (i.e. Evanston street scenes, football games, dining hall kitchen staff) and the extraordinary (i.e., the March on Washington, Vietnam War protests, student clashes with police, and street life in Mexico).
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