Sixties Activist, Writer Todd Gitlin to Lecture Dec. 3

Author of “Occupy Nation” will discuss “Where Did All the Occupiers Go?”

Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Writer, sociologist and ‘60s activist Todd Gitlin will discuss “Where Did All the Occupiers Go?” in a lecture on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the University of California, Riverside.

The lecture begins at 3 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Building Room 1113. The event is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, is widely known for his role in Students for a Democratic Society, which he served as president in 1963-64. As coordinator of the SDS Peace Research and Education Project in 1964-65 he helped organize the first national demonstration against the Vietnam War and the first demonstrations in the U.S. against corporate aid to the apartheid regime in South Africa. He also served on the Greenpeace USA board of directors from 2003 to 2006.

A prolific writer, he is the author of “Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street” (HarperCollins, 2014), which examines the birth and evolution of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its prospects for the future. He has written three novels: “Undying,” “The Murder of Albert Einstein,” and “Sacrifice,” which won the Harold U. Ribalow Prize for books on Jewish themes.

Among his works of nonfiction are “The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideals”; “Letters to a Young Activist”; “Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives”; “The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars,” which was a Notable Book in the New York Times Book Review; “The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage,” which was a finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the nonfiction award of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association, and was a Notable Book in the New York Times book Review; and “Inside Prime Time,” which received the nonfiction award of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association. He co-authored “The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election.”

Gitlin’s work also has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The New Republic, The Nation, Harper’s, American Journalism Review and Columbia Journalism Review.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University, a master’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley.

Gitlin’s appearance is co-sponsored by the UCR Global Studies Program, Department of Creative Writing, Department of Sociology and the Institute for Research on World Systems.

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