A Time to Stir

Columbia '68

Edited by Paul Cronin

Columbia University Press

A Time to Stir

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Pub Date: January 2018

ISBN: 9780231182744

464 Pages

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A Time to Stir

Columbia '68

Edited by Paul Cronin

Columbia University Press

For seven days in April 1968, students occupied five buildings on the campus of Columbia University to protest a planned gymnasium in a nearby Harlem park, links between the university and the Vietnam War, and what they saw as the university’s unresponsive attitude toward students and faculty. Exhilarating to some and troubling to others, the student protests paralyzed the university, grabbed the world’s attention, and inspired other uprisings. Fifty years after the events, A Time to Stir captures the reflections of those who participated in and witnessed the Columbia rebellion.

With more than sixty essays from members of the Columbia chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, the Students’ Afro-American Society, faculty, undergraduates who opposed the protests, “outside agitators,” and members of the New York Police Department, A Time to Stir sheds light on the politics, passions, and ideals of the 1960s. Moving beyond accounts from the student movement’s white leadership, this book presents the perspectives of black students, who were dealing with their uneasy integration into a supposedly liberal campus, as well as the views of women, who increasingly questioned their second-class status within the protest movement and society at large. A Time to Stir also speaks to the complicated legacy of the uprising. For many, the events at Columbia inspired a lifelong dedication to social causes while for others they signaled the beginning of the chaos that would soon engulf Students for a Democratic Society. Taken together, these reflections present a nuanced and moving portrait that reflects the sense of possibility and excess that characterized the 1960s.
In this richly contextualized collection of essays written by participants involved in the student protests at Columbia University in the spring of 1968, historian Paul Cronin treats the topic as comprehensively as possible. A Time to Stir showcases a broad range of perspectives, draws out numerous themes, and reminds us why the Columbia rebellion remains relevant today. A Time to Stir also makes for dramatic, exciting, and provocative reading. This is can't-put-it-down history. John McMillian, Georgia State University
Contents
Foreword by Paul Berman
Introduction
Chronology of events
1. Nancy Biberman (Barnard undergraduate/Strike Coordinating Committee)
2. J. Plunky Branch (Columbia College undergraduate/SAS/Hamilton Hall occupier)
3. Raymond M. Brown (Columbia College undergraduate/SAS/Hamilton Hall occupier
4. George Cavalletto (Liberation News Service)
5. Mark Donnelly (Student, School of General Studies)
6. Thomas Ehrenberg (Columbia College undergraduate/Strike Coordinating Committee)
7. Carolyn Eisenberg (Graduate student, history/Fayerweather occupier)
8. Bob Feldman (Columbia College undergraduate/SDS/Fayerweather occupier)
9. Larry Garner (Graduate student, Department of Public Law and Government)
10. Michael Garrett (Columbia College undergraduate)
11. Stuart Gedal (Columbia College undergraduate/SDS/Strike Coordinating Committee)
12. Bennett Gershman (Manhattan District Attorney’s Office)
13. Ira Goldberg (Columbia College undergraduate/Office of Public Information)
14. Ken Greenberg (Graduate student, Architecture/Avery occupier)
15. Lois-Elaine Griffith (Barnard undergraduate/SAS/Hamilton Hall occupier)
16. Peter Haidu (Faculty, Department of French)
17. Robert Hanning (Faculty, Department of English and Comparative Literature)
18. Susan E. Heuman (Graduate student, School of International Affairs)
19. Neal H. Hurwitz (Columbia College alumni/teaching assistant)
20. Tom Hurwitz (Columbia College undergraduate/Mathematics Hall occupier)
21. Michael Johnson (“Outside agitator”)
22. Susan Kahn (Barnard undergraduate/Strike Coordinating Committee)
23. Tom Kappner (Columbia College alumni/Morningside Heights resident)
24. Ted Kaptchuk (Columbia College undergraduate/SDS)
25. Frank Kehl (Graduate student, Anthropology/Fayerweather Hall occupier)
26. William Keylor (Graduate student, History/Fayerweather Hall occupier)
27. Michael Klare (Graduate student, Art History and Archaeology/Fayerweather Hall occupier)
28. Jay Kriegel (Office of the New York City Mayor)
29. Michael Locker (North American Congress on Latin America)
30. Philip Lopate (Columbia College alumni/Alumni for a New Columbia)
31. Frederick K. Lowell (Columbia College undergraduate/Majority Coalition)
32. Vaud E. Massarsky (Columbia College undergraduate/Majority Coalition)
33. Michael Neumann (Columbia College undergraduate/SDS)
34. Hilton Obenzinger (Columbia College undergraduate/Low Library occupier)
35. Fred Pack (Columbia College undergraduate/WKCR)
36. Dan Pellegrom (Graduate Student, Union Theological Seminary/Student Council)
37. Jon Perelstein (Columbia College undergraduate/WKCR)
38. David F. Phillips (Columbia College undergraduate/Student Draft Information Center)
39. John Poka (New York City Police/Tactical Patrol Force)
40. Henry Reichman (Columbia College undergraduate)
41. Mike Reynolds (New York City Police/Tactical Patrol Force)
42. Eve Rosahn (Barnard undergraduate/Avery occupier)
43. Michael Rosenthal (Faculty, Department of English and Comparative Literature)
44. Joshua Rubenstein (Columbia College undergraduate/Fayerweather occupier)
45. Mark Rudd (Columbia College undergraduate/SDS/Strike Coordinating Committee)
46. William W. Sales Jr. (Graduate student, Political Science/SAS/Hamilton Hall occupier)
47. Bill Sharfman (Graduate student, English/Preceptor, Columbia College)
48. Marvin Sin (Columbia College undergraduate/SAS/Hamilton Hall occupier)
49. Gene Slater (Columbia College undergraduate)
50. Susan Slymovics (Barnard undergraduate/Fayerweather occupier)
51. Tyler Smith (Graduate student, Architecture/Avery occupier)
52. Karla Spurlock-Evans (Barnard undergraduate/SAS/Hamilton Hall occupier)
53. Peter Stamberg (Columbia undergraduate/Low Library occupier)
54. Eleanor Stein (Graduate student, Law School)
55. Michael Steinlauf (Columbia College undergraduate/Mathematics occupier)
56. Michael Stern (Columbia College undergraduate/Spectator newspaper)
57. Johnny Sundstrom (“Outside agitator”/Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers)
58. John Thoms (Graduate student, English/Students for a Restructured University)
59. Harold Wechsler (Graduate student, History)
60. Meredith Sue Willis (Barnard undergraduate/Mathematics occupier)
61. Joel D. Ziff (Columbia College undergraduate/Citizenship Council)
Afterword by Juan Gonzalez
Index

About the Author

Paul Cronin’s books include Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed (2014) and Lessons with Kiarostami (2015). His films include a study of Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool and, to accompany this book, a multichapter documentary on the Columbia University protests of 1968. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His website is www.atimetostir.com.