Thursday, April 24
7:00 p.m. Opening reception Sponsored by the Charles H. Revson Fellowship Program (Casa Italiana, 117th and Amsterdam)
Nancy Biberman, Barnard '69, President Women's Housing and Economic Development Corp.
Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University
8:00 pm Columbia 1968 and the World A look at what was going on in the nation and the world in 1968, from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the abdication of Lyndon Johnson, from the Tet Offensive in Vietnam to Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, from the Eugene McCarthy campaign to the tumultuous Democratic Party convention in Chicago. It was a truly remarkable year.
Moderator: Robert Friedman, Columbia '69, journalist and former Editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator
Friday, April 25
10:00 am From Vietnam to Iraq Forty years of U.S. intervention. What, if anything, have we learned?
Michael Klare, author and Five Colleges Professor of Peace and World Securities Studies, Hampshire College.
Callie Maidof, Columbia anthropology graduate student, anti-war activist
Tom Engelhardt, writer for Nation Institute's Tomdispatch.com, author
12:00 pm Feminist Legacies of 1968 A moderated discussion with women who were at Barnard and Columbia in 1968 and played important roles in the rise of the feminist movement. Sponsored by the Institute on Research on Women & Gender (501 Schermerhorn)
Moderator: Louise Yelin, Kempner Distinguished Professor of Literature, Purchase College
2:00 pm Political Action and Official Response State and university officials regularly act to direct, limit, or oppose political activities by those under their authority. Their actions may range from providing opportunities for political expression and preventing unlawful conduct, to surveillance, harassment, prosecution, and violence. This session will explore the range of official responses to political activism in the late 1960s and today. Sponsored by the Columbia Law School Center for the Study of Law and Culture.
4:00 pm Race at Columbia, Then and Now Forty years of struggle at Columbia, from opposing the gym in Morningside Park to demanding ethnic studies; from the anti-apartheid divestment campaign to hunger strikes. What are the common threads among the critiques made by people of color at Columbia? Is the campus still fragmented along color lines? Are the interventions of yesterday still viable today?
8:00 pm What Happened? A large-scale, multi-media narrative of the events at Columbia in the spring of 1968 told by witnesses and participants on as many sides, and from as many points of view, as possible. Including, among others:
Saturday, April 26
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Screening Room Continuous screenings of Columbia 1968 films (Lifetime Screening Room, Dodge Hall, 4th floor).
10:00 am and 4:00 pm "Columbia Revolt," Newsreel
11:00 am and 5:00 pm "Vala" Produced by Sherry Suttles, Barnard '69, directed by Kamau Suttles.
12:30 pm "Time to Stir" A work in progress by Paul Cronin
3:00 pm "Remembering 1968" By Edward Jahn
10:00 am The Legacy of the Student Movement Forty years later, a battle is still being waged about how the events of 1968 are remembered. Did the student protests wreck Columbia or make the university a stronger institution? Did they lead to the election of Richard Nixon or help end the Vietnam War and inaugurate an era of profound social and cultural change?
Moderator: Juan Gonzalez, author and columnist, New York Daily News
12:00 pm Lunch For those who took part in the occupation of Hamilton Hall, their families, and friends. Plus other lunches for other groups.
2:00 pm Ethics and Protest The ethics of protest movements, including those in universities. What is the responsibility of the citizen when the state breaks laws that have been enacted for the protection of its citizens? What are the moral and strategic limits of violence.
Akeel Bilgrami, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
Moderator: Frederick Neuhouser, Viola Manderfeld Professor of German & Professor of Philosophy, Barnard College
Organizing, Activism, Engagement - Then and Now
An intergenerational dialogue between current student activists and veterans of 1968.
8:00 pm Voices of 1968 Writers who were at Columbia read their work from and about 1968. (Altschul Auditorium, School of International Affairs, 118th St. and Amsterdam Ave.)
Paul Auster, Thulani Davis, Mary Gordon, Bob Holman, James Kunen, Hilton Obenzinger, Sharon Olds, Jonah Raskin, Kathy Seal, Ntozake Shange, David Shapiro, Paul Spike, Meredith Sue Willis
10:00 pm Live music and dancing Havana Central, aka The West End, with The Druids of Stonehenge (Woody Lewis, Billy Cross, Billy Tracy, Tom Workman, Roger Kahn, Carl Hauser, and David Budge)
Sunday, April 27
11:00 am Memorial A remembrance of those no longer with us (Earl Hall)
12:00 pm Telling Our Stories Open mike for veterans of 1968 to talk about their lives since then and lessons learned (Earl Hall)
2:00 pm Picnic lunch In Morningside Park, with ceremony commemorating the halting of gym construction 40 years ago. Sponsored by Friends of Morningside Park.
Columbia 68-08 Committee: Nancy Biberman, Thulani Davis, Robert Friedman, Tom Hurwitz, Hilton Obenzinger, Laura Pinsky
Audio recording by Barbara Bernstein; video recording by Nick Hurwitz
The organizers would like to thank Columbia University and the Journalism School for making their facilities available for this conference.