Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program

Lora Hays and the Video of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program

Lora Hays, who died last year at the age of 99, was the older daughter of Arthur Garfield Hays, but she was much more to the Hays Program than that. 

Until just a few years ago, Lora worked almost a full schedule as an instructor in the film program of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Over the years she attended many conferences and other events of the Hays Program. She got to know and admire the Hays Fellows. 

One day, about 20 years ago, she offered to prepare a video of the Hays Program to show some of the things that the Program had achieved. From the start, she insisted that the Fellows – whom she would select – would play the leading roles, describing and even acting out some of the things they did in the Program. Sylvia and I would appear briefly. All of us then faced the camera, under Lora’s supervision, and she edited the product for viewing.

The video was finished in 1991. It immediately was sent to all former Fellows and members of the faculty, although we had no way to know how many actually saw it. Each year the video is shown to all applicants for a Hays Fellowship.

After a few years Lora, who was a perfectionist, decided that the video could be improved.  So in 1996 it was revised, with a few additional Fellows taking part.

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Further information about Lora Hays:

Memorial Remarks by Norman Dorsen
Editors Guild Magazine Obituary
The Villager Obituary

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