Oral Histories

Interview of Magdalene O'Rourke

Project India: The Early Years
Project India
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA History: Events and Projects
Brownstein, Bettina Ellen
O'Rourke, Magdalene
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This is a series of interviews with former UCLA students who participated in Project India, a program founded by Adaline Guenther, executive secretary of the University Religious Conference. Operating at the height of the Cold War, Project India was a cultural exchange program in which UCLA students toured India, speaking to Indian students and attempting to familiarize them with American life and the benefits of democracy.
Initial contact with Project India; Reverend Robinson and the origins of Project India; Motivation for joining and expectations concerning India; Attitudes toward Nehru and Gandhi; Goals of Project India; Training program; First impressions and subsequent experiences in India; Role of Adaline Guenther in Project India; Continued discussion of Adaline Guenther; O ‘Rourke’ s illness in India; Poverty and sanitation in India; Evaluation of Project India’s effectiveness; Indian students’ ideas about U.S. and Americans; Influence of Project India experience on O’Rourke’s life.