Posted by on November 16, 2014

Todd Gitlin is one of the last of our public intellectuals,  having fully participated,  in the 1960s activism today as a Professor at Columbia University he continues to draw out the lessons of that turbulent decade.   In 1963 and 1964, Gitlin was president of Students for a Democratic Society; he was elected, he writes, because “none of the other four candidates, each of whom was experienced, was willing to serve,” since “we mistrusted power, including our own! Recruiting leaders was hard.”  He led many demonstrations  against the Vietnam War as well as the  first civil disobedience against the apartheid regime in South Africa.  More recently he has become involved in the alumni wing of the Divest Harvard  movement, seeking the university’s exit from fossil fuel corporations, in support more rational climate change policies.  His most recent book came out in 2012 with the title Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street. We talked in todays’ podcast his highly acclaimed book, The Sixties: Years of Hope Days of Rage.

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