Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

February 14, 2011

Thurs 2/17: A Radical History of Columbia

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 5:20 pm

A Radical History of Columbia

Thursday, February 17
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Hamilton Hall 603

{Students outside of the occupation of Hamilton Hall in 1985 demanding that Columbia divest from apartheid South Africa}

In 1968, students from Students for a Democratic Society and the Student Afro-American Society occupied Hamilton Hall protesting Columbia’s expansion into Harlem. By building connections with black residents who were impacted by the Columbia expansion project, they were able to strengthen their movement. During this same period, students were able to push the university to stop hosting the ROTC military officer training program as part of the movement against Columbia’s connections to the Vietnam War.

In 1985, after building a campaign on campus for years, students occupied Hamilton demanding that Columbia divest from apartheid South Africa. As a result of the occupation, the university finally agreed to divest. In 1996, Columbia University students spent months demanding a Center for Ethnic Studies and won. These are just some of the many examples of radical students organizing and winning struggles at our university.

Just as in 1968, when student anti-war activism helped get ROTC off of Columbia’s campus, today students are again faced with the task of keeping the same military training program off our campus. As students fought to get the University to divest from apartheid South Africa, now students are beginning to organize for divestment from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Join the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization in a discussion about the radical history at Columbia University – and how theses struggles from the past can help us build a left on campus today. (contact us!) (for upcoming events and movements in NYC that we’re building) (for news and analysis)


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