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Monday, November 10, 2014
1:00–2:15 p.m.


Center for Recreation and Sports Campbell Lounge

Who says no to war? Class and anti-war protest from Vietnam to Today

Penny Lewis

Penny Lewis, Ph.D, CUNY’s Murphy Institute for Worker Education

Writing after the first Gulf War of 1991, sociologists Thomas Beamish, Richard Flacks, and Harvey Molotch noted, “As opportunities for new wars…arise, the elites of the day and their home front adversaries will strive to shape public interpretation and re-interpretation. As a more general matter, the capacity to make war, even as wars now change in their nature, will turn on just how to give meaning to wars gone by and to those who opposed them.” Looking at anti-war sentiment and protest during the Vietnam era and since, Penny Lewis engages this interpretive struggle over how we think about who protests war, what that protest looks like, why it happens, and whether it makes a difference.

Lewis’s talk will draw from her recent book, Hardhats, Hippies and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory (Cornell, 2013), and will frame a conversation about how our memories of the Vietnam era both open, and curtail, our understandings of what is possible for peace movements today.

This event is co-sponsored by the Adelphi Community Reads.

For more information, please contact:

Margaret Gray
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