A Time to Stir: the 1968 Columbia University Student Uprising
Join filmmaker Paul Cronin for a screening and discussion of excerpts from A Time to Stir, an unprecedented investigation of the 1968 student uprising at Columbia University. A pivotal moment for young people around the industrialized world, April 1968 was the highpoint of the war in Vietnam and the Black Power movement. Only days before the general strike in France and weeks before the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, students at New York‚s Columbia University were galvanized in protest and for a week occupied several buildings on campus, bringing the focus of the world‚s media on a few square acres of northern Manhattan. The catalyst for the student revolt at Columbia was the University‚s decision to construct a gymnasium on public land in nearby Morningside Park. Although residents of neighboring Harlem were to be given limited use of this facility, local community leaders objected, seeing the project as encroachment upon their residential neighborhood. Paul Cronin is a documentary filmmaker and the editor of several books on film, including Herzog On Herzog. He has filmed over three hundred interviews for this definitive work whose final projected running time is ten hours.
Monday, February 14th, 6:30pm
The James Gallery
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave (btwn 34th & 35th)
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC