November 3, 2014

Anti-Vietnam War Activists to Reunite

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Twenty-five activists who were part of the Ithaca area’s resistance to the Vietnam War will come to Cornell next week for a 50th reunion — and to recount their experiences during that era in a series of panel discussions, forums and a teach-in.

The reunion — named “Vietnam: The War at Cornell” — is part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ celebration of Cornell’s sesquicentennial, according to a press release from the college.

On Monday, a forum on race and a history of Cornell protest in the 1960s will take place in Goldwin Smith Hall, followed by a teach-in featuring alumni and other members from the community from the Vietnam era in Uris Hall. On Tuesday, a forum will take place regarding gender and Cornell protest in the 1960s.

Prof. Isaac Kramnick, government, said in a University press release that these events may help to change the minds of Cornell students, who are “generally apolitical.”

“Meeting with these ’60s activists will make it clear to them that political commitment is not incompatible with a successful career; that, in fact, it can help shape and ground that career,” said Kramnick, who also organized the reunion.

All of the events are open and free to the public, according to the arts college release.