Bios Sociologicus: Erving Goffman Archives (EGA) is a web-based, open-source project hosted by the UNLV Center for Democratic Culture; Dr. Dmitri N. Shalin is editor and co-director. The EGA collects documents, biographical materials, interviews and critical studies about Dr. Erving Goffman, the 73rd president of the American Sociological Association (1922-1982). The EGA collection provides personal testimonies and documents bearing on academic life in the post WWII United States, with special attention to the plight of women in the social sciences.

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Submissions from 2010

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My Father Used to Refer to Erving as “Goofy Goffman”, Eli Bay

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When Erving Was an Infant My Mother Nursed Us Both So We Were Bosom Buddies, Esther Besbris

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Erving Goffman in Toronto, Chicago and London, Elizabeth Bott-Spillius

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Erving Came in, Kissed Me and Said, “Oh, Goldie, You Still Have a Beautiful Nose!”, Gertrude Frankelson

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After High Holidays Erving Made up Excuses Rather than Admit that He Missed School Because He Was Jewish, Avron Katz

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The Zen of Erving Goffman, Peter Miller

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Erving Goffman and Asymmetric Anonymity, David Nasatir

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Jane Allyn Piliavin about Erving Goffman entitled "Toward the End of the Party Erving Said to My Husband, “Why Are All These Smart People Doing Such Stupid Things?”", Jane Allyn Piliavin

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We Are in This Ridiculously Long Line, and Erv Says, "I Can't Believe We're Standing in Line with All These Pricks.", Mark Piliavin

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Magali Sarfatti-Larson about Erving Goffman entitled "Goffman Was One of the Most Memorable People I Have Met in the Academia Because He Was Not an Academic", Magali Sarfatti-Larson

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To me, Goffman Was a Shakespearean Figure, the Fool Who Spoke the Wisdom of the Play, Marvin B. Scott

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Gino Segre about Erving Goffman entitled "As We Were Leaving the Tennis Court, Erving Told Me, “You Were Wrong. Nothing in life is casual”", Gino Segre

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Erving Goffman as a Pioneer in Self-Ethnography? The “Insanity of Place” Revisited*, Dmitri N. Shalin

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Goffman's Self-Ethnographies, Dmitri N. Shalin

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Sherri Cavan about Erving Goffman entitled "Remembering Goffman", Dmitri N. Shalin and Sherri Cavan

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Arlene Skolnick about Erving Goffman entitled "Remembering Erving Goffman", Arlene Skolnick

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Goffman Was an Intense Perfectionist about His Writing, Putting Sheet after Sheet into the Typewriter and Then Throwing Each Away, Ann Swidler

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Roy Turner about Erving Goffman entitled "What Struck Me First about Goffman Was That He Had an Amazing Elegance in His Delivery", Roy Turner

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Ruth A. Wallace about Erving Goffman entitled "Goffman Really Was Going out of His Way to Help People Who Were Different", Ruth A. Wallace

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Audrey Wipper about Erving Goffman entitled "Goffman Was Very Original from the Beginning, He Had His Own Way of Seeing and He Stuck to It", Audrey Wipper

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Marly Zaslov about Erving Goffman entitled "The Whole Idea of Image and How You Are Perceived by Other People Was Important for the Averbachs", Marly Zaslov

Submissions from 2009

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When Dad Told Him about the Award, Goffman Replied, "Make Sure the Presentation Is in a Small Room So It Will Look Like a Lot of People Are There", Carl B. Backman

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Erving Turned to Me and Said, "You Know, Elijah Anderson Is Really a Professional Sociologist, He Is Not a Professional Black", Harold Bershady

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Erving Should Not Be Judged in Any Way and Certainly Not by Students Who Saw or Knew Very Little of Goff, Meyer Brownstone

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Sherri Cavan about Erving Goffman entitled "Goffman’s “The Insanity of Place” as an Exercise in Self-Ethnography", Sherri Cavan and Dmitri N. Shalin

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Remembering Erving Goffman, Aaron Cicourel

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One of Erving’s Writings Influenced Bob to Write a Basic Article on Higher Education, Adele Clark

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Erving and Ira Were Counting Cards When a Couple of Biggest Men They Ever Saw Walked up Behind Them and Said, “We Don’t Want Your Play, Partner”, Walter Clark

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Erving Always Behaved Like A Guttersnipe, Teasing and Mocking With His Back Against the Wall, Arlene Daniels

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Goffman Was Always Ready to Explain, and He Did That without Condescension, with Patience, and with Grace, Richard Daniels

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Had the New President, So I Said, "OK, Erving, I Am Sending Over a Reporter", Russell Dynes

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Remembering Erving Goffman, Frederick Elkin

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Goffman Turns to Me and Says, “Only a Schmuck Studies His Own Life”, Gary Alan Fine

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Erving Goffman Was a Brilliantly Imaginative, Original Sociologist and a Pathmaking Ethnographer, Who Had a Deep and Lasting Influence on the Students Who He Mentored in his Distinctively Challenging Way, and on the Discipline of Sociology to Whose Development He Was Fervently Committed, Renee C. Fox

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A Stranger Determined to Remain One, William Gamson

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Goffman Sat on My Immediate Left at a Long, Oblong Table in a Room in the Social Science Building, Arnold J. Glass

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At His Bar Mitzvah Erving Gave a Little Speech That He Wrote Himself and That He Called “Ode to Mother”, Frances Goffman Bay

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Remembering Chicago Sociologists, Leo Goodman

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Erving Was a Brilliant Scholar and a Mensch, Joseph Gusfield

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He Was a Heck of a Nice Guy, Kind of Shy, and the Kids Liked Him, Robert Habenstein

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I Became Aware That Many Students Looked up to Erving, Gerald Handel

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As Goffman Was Talking about Remedial Interchanges, He Took a Glass of Water and Spilled It on Rosenberg’s Lap, Samuel Heilman

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Erving Goffman's Presentation of Self as ASA President, Joan Huber

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To My Surprise Goffman Called Himself a Functionalist, But His Former Students Assured Me That He Was Only Playing With Us, Rachel Kahn-Hut

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In Writing These Reflections, I Realize I Should Re-read Goffman for New Insights on Contemporary Conflict Resolution Issues, Louis Kriesberg

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Erving Got the Keys for His Office and Handed Over Them to Me, Saying, “Use My Office, I Can Work at Home”, Kurt Lang and Gladys Lang

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Goffman Converted His Personal Neurosis or Inferiority Complex into a Very Productive and Creative Solution, Kurt Lang and Gladys Lang

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Victor Lidz about Erving Goffman entitled "Remembering Erving Goffman", Victor Lidz

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Dean MacCannell about Erving Goffman entitled "Some of Goffman’s Guardedness and Verbal Toughness Was Simply a Way of Giving Himself the Space and Time That He Needed to Do the Work That He Really Loved", Dean MacCannell

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Saul Mendlovitz about Erving Goffman entitled "Erving Was a Jew Acting Like a Canadian Acting Like a Britisher", Saul Mendlovitz

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Goffman Demonstrated the Best Teaching Skills of Any Professor I Had Ever Had!, Jane Emery Prather

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Robin Room about Erving Goffman entitled "Only Someone Who Had Trouble with Sociability Would Be So Keen an Observer", Robin Room

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Jordan Scher about Erving Goffman entitled "Erving Disavowed Psychiatric Functioning at St. Elizabeth’s, and I Explored Role-Playing and the Presentation of Self in Schizophrenia", Jordan Scher

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Erving Said That the Rigor and Formal Nature of Linguistics Could Add Status to the Just-Beginning Study of Social Interaction, Deborah Schiffrin

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Introduction, Dmitri N. Shalin

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At the End of That First Year or So I Would Say That I Became as Close to Erving as Anyone Else in the Sociology Department, Neil Smelser

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The Presentation of Self Reminded Me of Dale Carnegie's Best Selling How to Win Friends and Influence People, Ralph Turner

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Jack Whalen about Erving Goffman entitled "I Read Presentation of Self, and It Was Like Nothing I Ever Read – “Oh, My God, That Is Sociology?”", Jack Whalen

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Jacqueline Wiseman about Erving Goffman entitled "Having a Genius for a Friend", Jacqueline Wiseman

Submissions from 2008

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Goffman Told Me, "It Is Really Hard to Do That Kind of Thing Well," and That Was About all the Advice I Ever Got from Him, Joel Best

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Having Been Goffman's Student I Am Drawn to Voltaire’s Dictum, "To the Living We Owe Respect, to the Dead We Owe Only the Truth", Sherri Cavan

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"Erving Needs a Pee. . . ", Robert Dingwall

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Remembering Gregory Stone, David Franks

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Losing Erv, I Recognized, Would Be a Severe Blow to the Department, Charles Glock

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Then Maurice Janowitz Came Over and Said to Goffman, “Cut It Out, Erving”, Jeffrey Goldfarb

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Goffman Was by Far the Smartest, Most Interesting, Complex, Though, at Times, Snide or Disparaging Individual I Have Ever Known, John Irwin

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I found Goffman Talented, Original, Rewarding to Read, but Basically Problematic, Victor Lidz

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Gary T. Marx about Erving Goffman entitled "Marx-Shalin Exchange on the Goffman Project", Gary T. Marx and Dmitri N. Shalin

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Calvin Morrill about Erving Goffman entitled "Turns out Goffman Had Been Observing Students the Whole Time and Used the Notes He Had Taken While Observing Their Behavior", Calvin Morrill

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Goffman’s Biography and the Interaction Order: A Study in Biocritical Hermeneutics, Dmitri N. Shalin

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Vladmir Shlapentokh about Erving Goffman entitled "The Pen of a Genius is Mightier Than the Writer Himself", Vladmir Shlapentokh

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Rodney Stark about Erving Goffman entitled "Goffman Was Trying to Get Away with the Descriptions of Those Fairly Sane People as He Laid Out His Notion of Mental Illness", Rodney Stark

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Dmitri Shalin Interview with Eviatar Zerubavel about Erving Goffman entitled "Studying with Erving Goffman", Eviatar Zerubavel