- see Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Center (UAASC) (1997- ) RG-6/7
- see United Asia Learning Resource Center RG-25/U5
- see Undergraduate Art Students Association (U-ARTS) RG-45/40/U5
- see Computer Center RG-29
- see United Christian Foundation (UCF) RG-30/12
- see Computer Center RG-29
- UCS Notes (Computer Center Publication) (1990)
- see University of El Salvador (UES) RG-60/3
- see University Fund for the Future (UFF) (1989- ) RG-50/7/1
- UIS Newsletter (Data Processing Center) (1987- )
- UMAGRAFFITI (Student Publication)
- UMass (News Office) (1983-1984)
- UMASS (1996- ) (News Office)
- see also Massachusetts (1990-1996) RG-5/00/11
- UMASS (University Monthly Anthropological Survey Service (1982-1989)
- UMASS 1983 and UMASS 1984 (Public Affairs)
- UMASS Alumni Connection, The
- see Alumni Connection, The UMass (1992-1994) RG-50/00/3
- UMass Alumni News and Views (1978-1983)
- UMass Amherst Globe, The (International Programs) (1993- )
- UMass 125th Anniversary Slide Show (1988)
- UMass Answers (Continuing Education) (1982- )
- UMass Around the Globe (1992- )
- UMass Boston
- UMass Boston Planning and Establishment (pre-1965)
- UMass Dartmouth
- see Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU) RG-55/5
- UMass Educational Television (UMET)
- UMass Faculty and Staff for Peace and Justice in the Middle East
- see Peace and Justice in the Middle East, UMass Faculty and Staff for RG-40/3/P1
- UMass Greens (1989)
- UMass Hunger Task Force
- see Hunger Task Force, UMass RG-45/40/H8
- UMass Information Technology Services (formerly University Information Systems)
- UMass Interaction (1994- )
- UMass Labor Council (1995- )
- UMass Lowell
- see University of Lowell RG-55/4
- UMass Majors (catalog)
- see CASIAC RG-11/5
- see also Admissions RG-30/5
- UMass News (News Office)
- UMass Nutrient Data Bank
- see Food Science and Nutrition, Department of–Nutrient Data Bank, UMass RG-25/F5/3
- UMass 125th Anniversary Slide Show (1988)
- UMass Peacemakers
- see Peacemakers, UMass (1982-1987) RG-45/80/P4
- see also Peacemakers Records (1963-1990) MS309
- UMass Plato User’s Group Newsletter
- see Massachusetts CAI Consortium Newsletter (1985- ) RG-29/00
- UMass Program at Freiburg
- see Freiburg, UMass Program at RG-25/F8
- U-Mass Tenant Association (UMTA)
- UMass Worcester
- see Medical School, Worcester RG-55/2
- U-Math Newsletter (1981)
- see UMass Educational Television (UMET) RG-13/1/3
- see Pagan Association, UMass RG-45/70/P3
- see UMass Tenant Association (UMTA) RG-35/12/3
- see University of Massachusetts Transportation Center (1994- ) RG-25/U4
- Undergrad, The (Business Club) (1974-1976)
- Undergraduate Admissions Task Force (1999- )
- Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Center (UAASC) (1997- )
- Undergraduate Art Students Association (U-ARTS) (1987)
- Undergraduate Course of Study Committee (Faculty Senate, 1960-1963)
- Undergraduate Curriculum Study Committee’s Project (Faculty Senate, 1996- )
- Undergraduate Education, Associate Provost for
- see Provost for Undergraduate Education, Associate (1972-1973, 1981- ) RG-6/10
- Undergraduate Journal
- Undergraduate Retention Committee (Official University Committee) (1992)
- see also Retention Committee (1985- ) RG-40/2/R5
- Unification Church of America (Religious Group) (1981-1984)
- Union, Credit
- see Credit Union RG-40/5/C7
- Union of Professional Employees
- see Union of Professional Employees (UPE) MS-47
- Union of Student Employees (1975-1976) RG-45/45/U5
- Union Program Council
- Union, Radical Student
- see Radical Student Union RG-45/80/R1
- Union, Social
- see Social Union RG-45/90/S6
- Union Video Center (Student Video Project) (1972)
- Unions and Associations
- Unionization, Student
- see Student Unionization (Association) RG-45/45/S7
- Unions and Associations (Faculty and Staff)
- Unions and Associations (Student Body)
- Unions, Employees
- see Unions and Associations RG-40/5
- United Asia House (1989)
- see also United Asia Learning Resource Center (UALRC) (1990) RG-25/U5
- United Asia Learning Resource Center (UALRC) (1990)
- see also United Asia House (1989) RG-45/40/U6
- United Christian Foundation (UCF)
- United States Student Association (USSA) (1983-1988)
- Universities, State
- see Land-Grant Colleges, State Universities RG-60/1
- University Advancement
- see University Relations and Development RG-39
- University Affairs Committee (Faculty Senate, 1965-1972)
- University as a Whole
- University as a Whole–Publications
- University Bulletin (1973-1977)
- see also Weekly Bulletin, University Bulletin (1953-1971) and Executive Bulletin RG-5/00/3
- University Career Center
- see Career Center, University RG-30/9/5
- University Center for Community College Affairs
- see Higher Education, Center for RG-13/3/19/4
- University Center for Economic Development (1977- )
- see also Economic Development, Center for RG-12/12
- University China Committee
- see China Committee, University RG-40/2/C4
- University Chorale
- see Singing Clubs–University Chorale RG-25/M9.5
- University College (Official University Committee) (1966-1967)
- University College Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1966)
- University Committee on AIDS
- see AIDS, University Committee on RG-40/2/A5.5
- University Committee on Alcohol Use
- see Alcohol Use, University Committee on (Official University Committee) RG-40/2/A6
- University Committees, Official
- see Official University Committees RG-40/2/A1-W6
- University Community Service Council (1993- )
- University Computer Service Newsletter
- see UCS Notes RG-29/00/4
- University Computing Center
- see Computer Center RG-29
- University Computing Services
- see Computer Center RG-29
- University Conference Services
- University Counsel
- University Day School
- see School RG-25/H9
- University Democrats (Student Social Action Group) (1989- )
- University Directions
- see Handbooks (Student Affairs) RG-30/00/2
- University Faculty Senate, ad hoc Committee
- see Faculty Senate, University, ad hoc Committee on (Official University Committee) (1955) RG-40/2/F2
- University Fund for the Future (UFF) (1989- )
- University Gallery
- see Art Gallery RG-11/15
- University Guide Service
- see ARCON (1965-1984) RG-45/90/A7
- see also University Tour Service (1984- ) RG-30/4/1
- University Historical Collection
- University History Committee
- see History Committee, University (125th Anniversary, 1986-1987) RG-40/2/H5
- see also Campus Awareness Committee (1986- ) RG-40/2/C.5
- University History Project (125th Anniversary, 1987-1988)
- University Honors Program
- see Honors Program RG-6/4/11
- University Human Subjects Review Committees
- University Information Systems
- see Umass Information Technology Services RG-35/7
- University Internship Program
- see Internships, Office of (University Internship Program) RG-11/6
- University Lectures, Committee on
- see Lectures, Committee on University RG-40/2/L1.5
- University Magazine
- see Massachusetts Magazine (1990-1996) RG-5/00/11
- University Medal for Outstanding Service (1973)
- see also Awards, Prizes RG-1/11
- University Monthly Anthropological Survey Service
- see UMASS (Newsletter) (1982-1989) RG-25/A6/00
- University Newsletter (News Bureau) (1968-1970)
- University Notebook (News Bureau) (1980-1981)
- University of El Salvador (UES)
- University of Lowell
- University of Massachusetts Foundation (1950- )
- see also Trustees Council RG-2/4
- University of Massachusetts, Future Committee on
- see Future University of Massachusetts (Official University Committee) (1970-1971) RG-40/2/F8
- University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers, Center for
- see Center for University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers RG-25/P7.5
- University of Massachusetts Republican Club
- see Republican Club, University of Massachusetts (1983- ) RG-45/80/R4
- University of Massachusetts Transportation Center (UMTC)
- University, Officials of the (Photographs)
- see Officials of the University (Trustees and Presidents Photographs) RG-110
- University Outreach
- University Outreach, Provost for
- see Vice Chancellor for University Outreach RG-6/6
- University Outreach, Vice Chancellor For
- see Vice Chancellor for University Outreach (2000- ) RG-16/1
- University Photo Negatives Collection
- University Photography Club
- see Photographers Association RG-45/40/P5
- University Policy
- see Vice President for University Policy RG-3/2
- University Press (Graduate School)
- see also Research and Graduate Studies RG-9
- University Professors, American Association of
- see American Association of University Professors (AAUP) RG-40/5/A2
- University Relations and Development
- University Relations and Development Council (Faculty Senate, 1995)
- University Relations and Development–Publications
- University Relations and Development–Vice Chancellor for
- see Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Development RG-39/1
- University Relations, Vice President for
- see Vice President for University Relations RG-3/14
- University Report (President’s Office) (1978-1979)
- University, Secretary of the
- see Secretary of the University RG-3/3
- University Staff Association (USA)
- see also Massachusetts State Employees Association (MSEA) (prior to 1977) MS-49
- University Statistics (USTAT) (1998) (Student Special Interest Group) RG-45/40/U8
- University Store
- University Theatre
- University Tour Service (1984- )
- see also ARCON (University Guide Service) (1965-1984) RG-45/90/A7
- University Without Walls (UWW) (School of Education)
- see also Associate Provost for Special Program RG-6
- University Without Walls Newsletter (1972-1987)
- University Women
- University Women’s Network (UWN)
- University Women’s Professional Network (UWPN)
- see Women in Staff Professional Positions (WISPP) RG-40/5/W5
- University Writing Program
- University Year for Action (UYA) (1971-1976)
- Upbeat (1986-1989)
- see Union Program Council (UPC) RG-45/17
- Update (1982-1991)
- see Union of Professional Employees (MTA) MS-47
- Upside Down Club (Religious Group) (1992- ) RG-45/70/U7
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Honor Society)
- Upward Bound (1966-1993)
- see also Upward Bound Committee (Faculty Senate, 1967) RG-40/2/A3
- Future Scholars of America (1993- ) RG-6/4/13.5
- Upward Bound, Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1967)
- Urban and Community Forestry, Northeast Center for
- see Northeast Center for Urban and Community Forestry (1996- ) RG-25/N7
- Urban Education, Center for (School of Education)
- see University Staff Association (USA) RG-40/5/U6
- see United States Student Association (USSA) RG-45/80/U5
- UVC TV-19 (Student Run Television Station) (1999- )
- see University Women’s Network (UWN) RG-40/5/U7
- see Women in Staff Professional Positions (WISPP) RG-40/5/W5
- see University Without Walls (UWW) RG-13/4/2/3
- see University Year for Action (UYA) (1971-1976) RG-6/4/4
Democratic Socialist Conference Collection, 1984-1991.
Call no.: MS 325
Includes transcripts of papers delivered at conferences (1985-1990) on democratic socialism, and correspondence (1984-1991) between Stephen Siteman, former Executive Secretary of the Socialist Party of America, and Frank Zeidler, former Mayor of Milwaukee, Socialist Party candidate for President of the United States, and national chairperson of the Socialist Party USA.
- Socialist Party of the United States of America
- United States--Politics and government--1981-1989
- United States--Politics and government--1989-1993
- Siteman, Stephen
- Zeidler, Frank P
Britta Fischer, U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association Photograph Collection, 1978.
Call no.: PH 054
Founded in 1974, the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association was among the first American organizations devoted to fostering people-to-people diplomacy between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. The vision of veteran civil rights activist Unita Blackwell, the USCPFA sponsored speakers, seminars, and cultural exchanges, and in the 1970s, was among the first groups to organize tours from the United States to the People’s Republic.
The 449 color slides (35 mm.) that comprise the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association collection document one of the group’s early tours, undertaken at the height of the agitation over the Gang of Four. Beyond simple touristic scenes, the collection depicts a state-sponsored version of everyday life in China during the early post-Mao era.
- Beijing (China)--Photographs
- Great Wall of China (China)--Photographs
- Jinan (China)--Photographs
- Shanghai (China)--Photographs
- Tian'an Men (Beijing, China)--Photographs
- Yangzhou (China)--Photographs
Types of material
Nathan Holden Daybook, 1852-1887.
Call no.: MS 349 bd
Farmer from New Salem, Massachusetts, whose secondary occupation was that of a shoe repairman. Daybook documents a component of small-scale, handwork shoe production in a local economy prior to the arrival of centralized, mechanized manufacturing; lists Holden’s shoemending skills and the method and form in which he was paid by customers, including cash, customers’ labor, and services or wares such as butchering pigs or cows, chopping or gathering wood, traveling by buggy to a different town, using a neighbor’s oxen, and a variety of food and tools.
- Barter--Massachusetts--New Salem--History--19th century
- Farmers--Massachusetts--New Salem--Economic conditions--19th century
- New Salem (Mass.)--History
- Shoemakers--Massachusetts--New Salem--Economic conditions--19th century
- Shoes--Repairing--Massachusetts--New Salem--History--19th century
- Wages-in-kind--Massachusetts--New Salem--History--19th century
- Holden, Nathan, b. 1812
Types of material
- Account books
International Oil Working Group Collection, 1957-1987 (Bulk: 1980-1985).
Call no.: MS 268
The International Oil Working Group (IOWG) is one of a number of organizations that worked to implement an oil embargo initiated by the United Nations General Assembly against South Africa to protest the country’s policies of apartheid. The IOWG grew out of the Sanctions Working Group established in 1979. Although the nature and timing of the change in names is unclear, it appears that Dr. Teresa Turner was instrumental in the formation of both groups and was primarily responsible for their organization and administration. Other directors included Luis Prado, Arnold Baker and Kassahun Checole. While the group was loosely organized, it maintained the basic structure of a special advisory board with a pool of research associates. Primary activities involved researching topics related to the oil embargo; writing papers for regional, national, and international conferences; giving testimony at UN meetings; providing information to governments, unions and other groups committed to aiding in the implementation of the oil embargo; lecturing to students and members of the community on the subject of sanctions against South Africa; and collaborating with the UN Center Against Apartheid. Research topics included tanker monitoring to detect and expose those shipping companies that broke the embargo; the energy needs in those countries in southern Africa which depend upon South Africa to meet some of their energy demands; ways to effectively implement and enforce the oil embargo; trade union action by oil transport workers; Namibian independence and decolonization; and underground oil storage in South Africa.
Collection consists of administrative papers including financial records, minutes and association history materials; correspondence; printed materials produced by the IOWG; conference files; UN documents relating to South Africa and sanctions; and reference materials, including published reports, news clippings, newsletters and journals, related to oil shipping, tanker information and South African economic and political activity generally.
- Apartheid--South Africa--History
- Economic sanctions--South Africa--History
- Namibia--History--Autonomy and independence movements
- Namibia--Politics and government--1946-1990
- Petroleum industry and trade--History--20th century
- Petroleum industry and trade--Political aspects--South Africa
- South Africa--Politics and government--1978-1989
- Tankers--South Africa--History
- International Oil Working Group
- Turner, Terisa
Radical Student Union Records, 1905-2006 (Bulk: 1978-2005).
Call no.: RG 045/80 R1
Founded by Charles Bagli in 1976, the Revolutionary Student Brigade at UMass Amherst (later the Radical Student Union) has been a focal point for organization by politically radical students. RSU members have responded to issues of social justice, addressing both local, regional, and national concerns ranging from militarism to the environment, racism and sexism to globalization.
The RSU records document the history of a particularly long-lived organization of left-leaning student activists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Beginning in the mid-1970s, as students were searching for ways to build upon the legacy of the previous decade, the RSU has been a constant presence on campus, weathering the Reagan years, tough budgetary times, and dramatic changes in the political culture at the national and state levels. The RSU reached its peak during the 1980s with protests against American involvement in Central America, CIA recruitment on campus, American support for the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and government-funded weapons research, but in later years, the organization has continued to adapt, organizing against globalization, sweatshops, the Iraq War, and a host of other issues.
- Anti-apartheid movements--Massachusetts
- Central America--Foreign relations--United States
- College students--Political activity
- El Salvador--History--1979-1992
- Iraq War, 2003-
- Peace movements--Massachusetts
- Persian Gulf War, 1991
- Political activists--Massachusetts--History
- Student movements
- United States--Foreign relations--Central America
- United States. Central Intelligence Agency
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Progressive Student Network
- Radical Student Union
- Revolutionary Student Brigade
Types of material
John P. Roche Collection, 1886-1965.
Call no.: RB 008
A political scientist, writer, and government consultant, John P. Roche was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 7, 1923, the son of a salesman. A liberal Social Democrat and fervent anti-Communist, Roche spent his academic career at Haverford College and Brandeis and Tufts Universities, writing extensively on American foreign policy, constitutional law, and the history of political thought in America, and maintaining a strong interest in the history of the American left. During the 1960s and early 1970s, he served as an adviser to the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
The Roche Collection consists of over 300 publications pertaining to the political left in the United States, with a smaller number of works from the radical right and from European Socialists and Communists. Concentrated in the years spanning the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the McCarthy hearings, many of the works were produced by formal political parties in response to particular political campaigns, current events, or social issues, with other works geared primarily toward consciousness raising and general political education on trade unionism, fascism, war and peace, American foreign policy, and freedom of speech and the press.
- United States--Foreign policy--20th century
- World War, 1939-1945
- Coughlin, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1891-1979
- Roche, John P.
Stephen Siteman Papers, 1942-1998.
Call no.: MS 503
A member of the Post War World Council, an ardent pacifist, and anti-imperialist, Stephen Siteman was a long-time member of the Socialist Party of America, serving for seventeen years as secretary to the party’s leader Norman Thomas. In his late teens, Siteman was imprisoned as a conscientious objector during World War II. Although he was later pardoned, his time as a prisoner led him into active involvement in prison reform and the peace movement.
During his long involvement in the Socialist Party, Siteman collected a large quantity of material relating to important socialist issues, including Socialist Reform, the peace movement, conscientious objection, and prison reform. The collection also includes a small selection of Siteman’s personal correspondence with Frank Zeidler, former Socialist mayor of Milwaukee, and the novelist Mark Harris.
- Conscientious objectors
- Democratic Socialists of America
- Pacifists--United States
- Peace movements--United States
- Prison reformers
- Prisons--United States
- Socialists--United States
- Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968
- War Resisters League of America
- World War, 1939-1945
- Harris, Mark, 1922-2007
- Siteman, Stephen
- Zeidler, Frank P
Author Tom Fels and media artist Mark Tribe will speak on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in Room 2601 on Floor 26, of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst. The event, “Peace and War: Assessing the Legacies of Sixties Activism Today,” marks the completion of the eighth annual Social Change Colloquium.
Longtime independent writer and researcher Tom Fels’ new book Buying the Farm: Peace and War on a Sixties Commune (UMass Press, 2012) explores the long history of Montague Farm, north of Amherst, one of the era’s iconic experiments in social change. Before drawing his own conclusions about it in the book, he recounts the farm’s many early contributions to the counterculture, and later the farm’s devolution at the hands of competing farm-family factions, inviting us to question the balance between idealism and effectiveness. “For today’s young,” says Tom Hayden, author of The Long Sixties, “the economic future is far more bleak and global warming an unprecedented threat. Out of necessity, many will be searching for meaningful forms of communal self-sufficiency, healthful food, and renewable energy. Tom Fels’ captivating and profound reflection on one earlier commune, Montague Farm, founded in the 1960s, offers hard-learned reflections, some practical, some eternal, from a time when communes were the chosen path of many.” In the first hour of the colloquium Fels will read from Buying the Farm. There will be a question and answer period following the reading.
Mark Tribe is part of the next generation to be inspired by sixties activism. His Port Huron Project (2006-2009) is a series of reenactments of protest speeches from the New Left movements of the Vietnam era. Enacted at the site of the original event, each speech was delivered by an actor or performance artist. Videos of these performances have been screened on campuses, exhibited in art spaces, and distributed online as open-source media. As Julia Bryan-Wilson wrote in Artforum, in January 2008, “More than just recovering the past, these re-speaking projects use archival speeches to ask questions about the current place of stridency and forceful dissent, and the possibilities of effective, galvanizing political discourse.” In bringing the words of Cesar Chavez, Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and others to the public through contemporary media, Tribe, in this portion of his work, creatively recycles earlier activism to relate it to issues of today. In the second hour of the colloquium, Tribe will show and discuss some of his work.
Delevingne will discuss the mass media’s role in the nuclear power issue and his own responsibility before and after the Three Mile Island accident and Chernobyl disaster. Anna Gyorgy will discuss citizen action and democracy, with international examples based on her work with the Clamshell Alliance, and, more recently, with the strong German anti-nuclear/pro-solar movements.
New England was an epicenter of the antinuclear movement of the 1970s and 1980s. Sparked by the proposed construction of nuclear power plants in Montague, Massachusetts, and Seabrook, New Hampshire, a grass-roots movement blossomed in the region, drawing on a long tradition of non-violent political protest. Shortly after arriving in the United States from his native France in 1975, the photojournalist Lionel Delevingne began covering the antinuclear movement, including the history of civil disobedience and occupation at Seabrook, the aftermath of the Three Mile Island disaster, and other protests from New York to South Carolina and Europe.
Delevingne is the co-author of Drylands, a Rural American Saga (University of Nebraska Press, 2011); Northampton: Reflections on Paradise (Nouveau Monde Press, 1988); and Franco-American Viewpoints (Nouveau Monde Press/Wistariahurst Museum, 1988). His work has been exhibited frequently in the U.S. and abroad and published widely in the mainstream and alternative press, including the New York Times, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Vanity Fair, Le Figaro Magazine, and Die Zeit. Delevingne has participated in many award-winning projects sponsored by National Endowment of the Arts/Humanities (NEA), Massachusetts Endowment for the Humanities, University & College Designers Association (UCDA), University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Anna Gyorgy was active in the early movement against nuclear power, and is the author-editor of the classic work NO NUKES: Everyone’s Guide to Nuclear Power (South End Press, 1979/1981). She is in the process of returning to the U.S. after 25 years abroad, where she has since 1999 coordinated the multi-lingual website project: “Women and Life on Earth” (www.wloe.org).
The related exhibit “To the Village Square” includes some of the movement’s most memorable images, shot by Delevingne, along with materials drawn from the rich anti-nuclear collections held in the UMass Amherst Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives.
Why These Stories Need to be Told in their Variety, their Intensity and their Honesty” (Nov. 10)
Social justice activist Tom Weiner will give a talk on his recently published book Called to Serve: Stories of Men and Women Confronted by the Vietnam War Draft. The book is the fruit of years of extensive interviews with chapters for people who made different choices among the available options: to serve, to resist, to leave the country, to become a conscientious objector, or to find a way around the draft altogether as well as a chapter for those who loved, counseled and supported. His presentation will include several of his interview subjects who will share parts of their testimonies. Weiner recently donated the tapes of the interviews and the transcripts to Special Collections and University Archives.
On Friday, October 1, Steve Lerner will talk about his new book Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States. The event will be held from 1.30-3pm in the Gordon Hall, 418 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst.
Across the United States, thousands of people, most of them in low-income or minority communities, live next to heavily polluting industrial sites. Many of them reach a point at which they say “Enough is enough.” In Sacrifice Zones, published by MIT Press in 2010, Steve Lerner tells the stories of twelve communities, from Brooklyn to Pensacola, that rose up to fight the industries and military bases causing disproportionately high levels of chemical pollution.
Steve Lerner is research director of Commonweal and the author of Eco-Pioneers: Practical Visionaries Solving Today’s Environmental Problems.
This event is co-sponsored by the Political Economy Research Institute’s Environmental Working Group and Special Collections & University Archives
On Thurs. October 28, Amy Bass will talk on “Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars? The 1968 Olympics and the Creation of the Black Athlete,” in Room 803, Campus Center, UMass Amherst. The event is co-sponsored by the Feinberg Family Lecture Series organized by the UMass Amherst Department of History, and is free and open to the public.
Amy Bass is professor of history at the College of New Rochelle. She is the author of Not the Triumph But the Struggle: 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete and Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle over W. E. B. Du Bois. She is the editor of In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century. Bass has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from Stony Brook University. Her research interests include African American history, modern American culture, identity politics, and historical theory and methodology. She has served as research supervisor for the NBC Olympic unit at the Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake, Athens, and Torino Olympic Games.
Dr. Bass’s talk will explore the black power protest at the Mexico City Olympic Games by Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos in 1968. Their moment on the victory dais effectively linked American sports and racial politics in the U.S. She will examine how the black power protest in Mexico became the defining image of the 1968 Olympics. She will also explore how the Olympic Project for Human Rights mobilized black athletes to assume a new set of responsibilities alongside their athletic prowess, forcing Americans, and the world, to reconsider the role of sports within civil rights movements.
- Raymond Mungo
- Raymond Mungo was a key figure in the literary world of the late 1960s counterculture. A founder of the Liberation News Service — an alternative press agency that distributed news reflecting a left-oriented, antiwar, countercultural perspective — Mungo moved to Vermont during the summer of 1968 and settled on a commune. A novelist and writer, his first book, Famous Long Ago: My Life and Hard Times With Liberation News Service (1970) is considered a classic account of the countercultural left, and his follow-up Total Loss Farm (1971), based on his experiences on the Packer Corners commune, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Mungo has written several novels, screenplays, dozens of essays, and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles during a literary career of more than four decades. For the past ten years, he has worked as a social worker in Los Angeles, tending primarily to AIDS patients and the severely mentally ill.
- Todd Gitlin
- While a college student in the early 1960s, Todd Gitlin rose to national prominence as a writer and theorist of the New Left. A president of Students for a Democratic Society in 1963-1964, he was a central figure in the civil rights and antiwar movements, helping to organize the first national mobilization against the war in Vietnam, the March on Washington of 1965. After receiving degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of California Berkeley, Gitlin joined the faculty at Columbia University, where he is currently Professor of Journalism and Sociology and Chair of the doctoral program in Communications. Over the past thirty years, he has written extensively on mass communication, the media, and journalism. The author of twelve books, Gitlin is today a noted public intellectual and prominent critic of both the left and right in American politics, arguing that pragmatic coalition building should replace ideological purity and criticizing the willingness of those on both sides to use violence to reach ends to power.
- Talk II:
- Thurs, Oct. 29, 2009, 4 p.m., Blake Slonecker, Assistant Professor of History at Waldorf College, will present a talk, “Living the Moment: Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the New Left, 1967-1981.
- Junius Williams
- Writer and activist.
- Parker Donham
- Journalist and former press secretary for Eugene McCarthy
- Tom Hayden
- Fmr President of Students for a Democratic Society
For nearly fifty years, Tom Hayden’s name has been synonymous with social change. As a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1961, he was author of its visionary call, the Port Huron Statement, the touchstone for a generation of activists. As a Freedom Rider in the Deep South in the early 1960s, he was arrested and beaten in rural Georgia and Mississippi. As a community organizer in Newark’s inner city in 1964, he was part of an effort to create a national poor people’s campaign for jobs and empowerment.
When the Vietnam War invaded American lives, Hayden became a prominent voice in opposition, organizing teach-ins and demonstrations, writing, and making one of the first trips to Hanoi in 1965 to meet with the other side. One of the leaders of the street demonstrations against the war at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention, he was one of eight organizers indicted — and eventually acquitted — on charges of conspiracy and incitement.
After the political system opened in the 1970s, Hayden organized the grass-roots Campaign for Economic Democracy in California, which won dozens of local offices and shut down a nuclear power plant through a referendum for the first time. He was elected to the California state assembly in 1982, and the state senate ten years later, serving eighteen years in all, and he has twice served on the national platform committee of the Democratic Party.
- Johnny Flynn, Tim Koster, Sheila Lennon, Karen Smith
As part of its annual Colloquium on Social Change, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives of UMass Amherst presents a panel discussion and readings from a new book, Time it Was: American Stories from the Sixties, a set of short memoirs written by people who participated in a wide variety of Sixties-era movements and events. Join us for speakers Johnny Flynn (American Indian Movement), Sheila Lennon (Woodstock), Tim Koster (Draft Lottery “Winner” and Conscientious Objector), and Karen Manners Smith, who spent five years in a religious cult.
For students, the readings and discussion provide an opportunity to hear stories that move beyond Sixties mythology towards an appreciation of the real — but no less exciting — experiences of young people in that tumultuous era. Non-students and members of the Five College and surrounding communities will find this panel discussion a chance to reconnect with their own memories of the period.
- Eric Mann and Lian Hurst Mann
- Labor/Community Strategy Center, Los Angeles
- Flier announcing the event (pdf)
- Carl Oglesby
- Writer, antiwar activist, former President of SDS
- Tom Fels
- Curator, writer, fmr resident of Montague Farm Commune
- Catherine Blinder
- Activist, writer, fmr resident of Tree Frog Farm Commune
- Flier announcing the event (pdf)
Stonewall Center Records, 1962-2005.
Call no.: RG 030/2/6
Following a series of homophobic incidents on the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1985, the Program for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns was established as an administrative center in the Office of Student Affairs. Later renamed after the notorious riots in New York, the Stonewall Center has provided the campus and surrounding community with cultural and educational programming through speakers, films, video and book library, Speakers Bureau on LGBTQ issues, referrals and support, advocacy and community outreach.
The records of the Stonewall Center include documentation of day to day operations, including phone logs, memos, and budget information, as well as posters and press releases for events, publications, campus and external reports, training manuals, surveys, newspaper clippings, and ephemera such as banners, tee-shirts, and buttons.
- Gay college students--Massachusetts
- Gays--Services for
- University of Massachusetts Amherst--Students
- University of Massachusetts Amherst. Program for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns
- Stonewall Center
- Yeskel, Felice