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The Black Revolution on Campus: A Conversation with Martha Biondi

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, black students organized hundreds of protests that sparked a period of crackdown, negotiation, and reform that profoundly transformed college life. At stake was the very mission of higher education. In this talk, author and scholar Martha Biondi vividly demonstrates the critical linkage between the student movement and changes in university culture.

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The Black Revolution on Campus is the definitive account of an extraordinary but forgotten chapter of the black freedom struggle. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, black students organized hundreds of protests that sparked a period of crackdown, negotiation, and reform that profoundly transformed college life. At stake was the very mission of higher education.

Listen in to this conversation with author and scholar Martha Biondi, who vividly demonstrates the critical linkage between the student movement and changes in university culture. Historian Barbara Ransby moderates this conversation.

Martha Biondi is the director of undergraduate studies and associate professor of African American studies and history at Northwestern University. She received her B.A. Barnard College at Columbia University, and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her research interests include 20th-century African American history with a focus on social movements. She is the author of To Stand and Fight: the Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City, published by Harvard University Press in 2003 and winner of Harvard’s Thomas J. Wilson prize for best first book of the year.

Barbara Ransby, The Public Square Advisory Committee Co-Chair, is a writer, historian, and longtime political activist whose work spans some of the most important contemporary social movements in the United States. She is most notably the author of the multiple award-winning biography of civil rights activist Ella Baker, entitled Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision. Dr. Ransby has published dozens of articles and essays in popular and scholarly venues. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her Ph.D in history from the University of Michigan, where she was a National Mellon Fellow.

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Recorded Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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