Some corrections have been made to the program to indicate the actual proceedings and presenters. A few scheduled speakers were unable to attend at the last minute due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy in disrupting travel from the East Coast of the United States.
A New Insurgency: The Port Huron Statement in Its Time and Ours
Wednesday, October 31
VENUE CHANGE - Auditorium B, Angell Hall
Welcome: E. Royster Harper, University of Michigan Vice President for Student Affairs
Keynote Address: Ruth Rosen, "Refugees from the Fifties," Introduced by Regina Morantz-Sanchez
Thursday, November 1
All panels in the Michigan Union
9:00-10:00 AM - Anderson Room
A Conversation on the Founding of SDS (moderator, Frank Joyce, founder, People Against Racism, with SDS founders Al Haber, Dick Flacks, Mickey Flacks, Bob Ross)
10:00 AM-Noon - Pendleton Room
Plenary Session: The Long Left and Social Movements from the 1950s to the 1960s
Chair: Charles Bright
- Christopher Phelps, "From Old Left to New Left: Reconsiderations"
- Aldon Morris, "The Port Huron Statement: Black Protest and Social Science Influences"
- Marian Mollin, "Radical Pacifism in the Long 1950s: Forging New Forms of Protest and Dissent"
- Nikhil Pal Singh, "Decolonization and American Power" (appeared via Skype)
12:00 noon-1:00 PM
Session: Consciousness and the New Left
Chair: Angela Dillard
Chair: Elizabeth Hinton
Session: Connections and Contradictions in the Making of the New Left
Chair: Scott Kurashige
Chair: Sherie Randolph
6:00-7:00 PM - Pendleton Room
Special Session: UM Students Discuss the Meaning of The Port Huron Statement Today
Chairs: Sian Dowis and Helen Fox
Thursday, November 1
VENUE CHANGE - East Hall, 1324 Main Floor
Keynote Address: Tom Hayden, "The Future of Participatory Democracy," Introduced by Terry McDonald (link to view a video of this talk)
Friday, November 2
All panels in the Michigan Union, Pendleton and Anderson Rooms
9:00 -10:30 AM - Anderson Room
Women of Port Huron: Reflections on SDS and Change with SDS founders Leni Wildflower (moderator), Casey Hayden, Maria Varela, Barbara Haber, Sharon Jeffrey Lehrer, and Dorothy Burlage
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Session: Comparative New Lefts
Chair: Geoff Eley
Chair: Richard Turits
Forum: Open Mic
Chair: Martin Murray
Session: The New Left In the World
Chair: Anthony Mora
Chair: Penny Von Eschen
4:15-6:15 PM - Pendleton Room
Plenary Session: New Insurgencies Then and Now
Chair: Peter Linebaugh
- Dick Flacks, "Participatory Democracy as Vision and Practice"
- Sarah Leonard, "Activism and Spectacle--Attitudes Toward Organizing"
- Marina Sitrin, "Historical Movements Reinventing Democracy, from Greece and Spain to Occupy!" (appeared via Skype)
- Brandon Mitchell, "Radical Politics, Strategy and Goals"
- Mari Jo Buhle, "Women and the Wisconsin Uprising"
- Paul Buhle, "The Wisconsin Uprising and the Progressive Legacy"
6:30-7:30 PM - Anderson Room
Special Session: University and Community Activists Discuss the Relevance of the 1960s New Left to Today's Movements