This April marks the 40th anniversary of the 1968 student protests at Columbia. (For a brief re-cap, you can read about Barnard’s Town Hall on ’68 here.) In order to commemorate the protests, the administration, along with several activist groups and student organizations, is organizing a three-day conference about the events. Channel all your false nostalgia into a weekend of lectures, tree-planting, and concerts.
The event boasts some pretty big names including activist and former Jane Fonda paramour Tom Hayden, British historian and New York Review of Books contributor Tony Judt, ’68 protest leader/SDSer Mark Rudd, and hometown favorite and former SDS president Todd Gitlin.
The weekend will also feature such events as a Druids of Stonehenge concert at no one’s favorite bar Havana Central, an investigatory, “large scale, multimedia narrative” fittingly entitled “What Happened?”, and a closing ceremony/picnic lunch. Tickets are not available yet, but Bwog will alert you of when they are. Until then, once again, we’d like to direct your attention to a video of the Grateful Dead playing on campus. It’s a lot like that time Vampire Weekend played on the steps of Low during Orientation Week, except you know, completely different.