A People's History of SIU

A People's History of SIU: This is a thumbnail/preview image of a flyer promoting the "A People's History of SIU" events on March 24-25, 2010.Student and community activists are organizing a two-night event called "A People's History of SIU." The first night, "The 1970s Student Rebellion," will be on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 pm at Lawson Room 171 on the SIUC campus. The second night, "Black Power in Southern Illinois," will be on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm at Lawson Room 171 on the SIUC campus.

Forty years ago, Southern Illinois University erupted in protests and a rebellion that shut down the campus. Students were protesting the war in Vietnam, against poverty and racism and for university reform. At the same time, students and community members were actively involved in the civil rights and Black Power movements.

"A People's History of SIU" explores this important (but often hidden) history from below.

Participants in Wednesday's "The 1970s Student Rebellion" include:

  • Brian Clardy: Author of "The Management of Dissent: Responses to the Post-Kent State Protests at Seven Public Universities in Illinois".
  • Georgeann Hartzog: Former student activist and member of the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois.
  • Ray Lenzi: Former student activist and former SIUC vice-chancellor.
  • Robbie Lieberman: Chair of the SIUC Department of History and author of "Prairie Power: Voices of 1960s Midwestern Student Protest."
  • Hugh Muldoon: former student activist and director of the GAIA House Interfaith Center

Participants in Thursday's "Black Power in Southern Illinois" include:

  • Angela Aguayo: SIUC assistant professor of cinema and photography
  • Jeffrey Haus: Author of "The Assassination o f Fred Hampton: How the FBI and Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther".
  • Jakobi Williams: Professor at the University of Kentucky and author of the forthcoming "From Fred Hampton to Barack Obama".

This event is sponsored/endorsed by the African American Museum, Black American Studies (SIUC), College of Liberal Arts (SIUC), Department of Cinema and Photography (SIUC), Department of History (SIUC), Department of Sociology (SIUC), Department of Speech Communication (SIUC), Global Media Research Center (SIUC), International Socialist Organization/SIU Socialists (SIUC), Sociology Club (SIUC), Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois, Students for Peace and Democracy (SIUC), The Underserved Fellowship Office (SIUC), Women’s Studies (SIUC) (list in formation). To endorse e-mail adamcturl@siu.edu

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