50 Years After The Revolution

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Date & Time: 
Friday, April 27, 2018 1:00pm

50 Years After The Revolution
New Perspectives on 1968

April 27-29, 2018

Conference Location:

Columbia University’s Faculty House | 64 Morningside Drive NY, NY
Directions: http://facultyhouse.columbia.edu/content/contact-us-new-york-event-and-reception-venue
Sponsored by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Lehman Center for American History, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, the Department of History, and the Office of the Provost.

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 27
Campus Events
1:00 PM Guided Tour of “1968: The Global Revolutions,” an exhibition in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library
WALKING TOURS CANCELED in respect of The Graduate Student Workers Strike
3:00 PM Campus walking tours
Faculty House

5:00 PM Reception
6:00 PM Welcome by Provost John Coatsworth
Opening Conversation: “A Time to Stir,” a Conversation on the Columbia 1968 Uprising
A film screening and discussion of the Columbia and Barnard student protests of 1968, with participants, activists, and current students.
  • Eric Foner, Columbia University
  • Juan González, Democracy Now!
  • Nancy Biberman, Housing Activist
  • Donovan Redd, CC ‘19
  • Beulah Sims-Agbiabaka, CC ‘15
  • Moderated by Frank Guridy, Columbia University

Saturday, April 28
Faculty House

9:30 AM
Archives, Memory, and 1968
Focusing on historical memory, this panel considers how the legacies of 1968 have been promoted, distorted, and erased by libraries, archives, and historians over the course of the past half century.
  • Burleigh Hendrickson, Dickinson College
  • Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Columbia University
  • Sady Sullivan, Independent Oral History Consultant
  • Moderated by Thai Jones, Columbia University
11:00 AM
Harlem, Columbia University, and the Black Freedom Struggle
Featuring scholars and alums, this session explores how the protests
of 1968 affected the local Black Freedom Struggle. What were their rami cations for the experiences of Black students on campus? For the advent of Black Studies at Columbia? How did the protests affect Co- lumbia’s relationship with the communities of Harlem and Morningside Heights?
  • Tanaquil Jones, GS ‘87
  • Stefan Bradley, Loyola Marymount University
  • Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University
12:30 PM Break for Lunch
2:30 PM
’68 and Media
While America fought its  rst televised war in Vietnam, a media-savvy protest movement looked to underground newspapers like the East Vil- lage Other and freeform radio like Bob Fass’ Radio Unnameable to ampli- fy and further articulate dissent. This panel will consider how new and old media fragmented and galvanized public opinion during 1968’s global revolutions.
  • Timothy Scott Brown, Northeastern University
  • Susan Douglas, University of Michigan
  • Robert Friedman, Bloomberg News
  • Robert Siegel, National Public Radio
4:00 PM
New Media’s Impact on Activists’ Lives and Movements
This panel invites activists, researchers and scholar-activists on the front line of today’s social movements to discuss the role of new media in activism, how it helps, but also how it hinders visions of a just society.
  • Nikita Singareddy, Columbia ‘17
  • Charlton McIlwain, New York University
  • Brittany Lewis, George Washington University/The Activist History Review
  • Moderated by Kimberly Springer, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Closing Conversation: “The Legacies of the Sixties,” Now and in the Future
In this culminating conversation, a distinguished panel of scholars dis- cusses the global impact of 1968 on politics and society today.
  • N.D.B. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jeffrey Gould, Indiana University
  • Mark Mazower, Columbia University
  • Donna Murch, Rutgers University
  • Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania
  • Moderated by Casey Blake, Columbia University

Sunday, April 29
Jerome Greene Hall Room 104

10:00 AM
Screening of “A Time to Stir,” (Directed by Paul Cronin)
A visual history of the 1968 uprisings at Columbia University.
Location: Jerome Greene Hall Room 104
(Jerome Greene Hall is Columbia Law School at the corner of 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue)