Libraries Workshop Series: Radical Activism at UMass Amherst

Event Details

October 11, 2019
2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Library, W.E.B. Du Bois

Room: Special Collections and University Archives Seminar Room, Floor 25

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Blake Spitz

Petitions, Occupations, and Marches: Radical Activism at UMass Amherst

From the very first student class in 1867 to those over a century later protesting war, imperialism, and educational, racial, and gender disparities, activism on the UMass campus has a long and colorful history. Do you know which buildings student protesters have occupied? Which policies and politics took sections of campus by storm? What happened after protesters made their demands? Come learn how movements such as anti-Vietnam War, Black Power, feminism, unified labor, and other topics manifested locally, on your campus, led by people like you, students, staff, and faculty. Using primary sources from the University Archives, this interactive class offers a snapshot of some of the many moments of radical activism on campus, sharing a history of protest impressive in both its extent and in its lessons for today.