by Lauren Somers
As Montgomery County Community College celebrates its 50th anniversary, noted scholar and sociological commentator Todd Gitlin will talk about the 1960s―the incomparable decade that spawned lasting cultural and political change―on Monday, March 3, at 12:30 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, followed by a book signing in the lobby. A simulcast of this free presentation, the Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice, will be shown in the South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. For more information, call 215-641-6518 or visit mc3.edu.
A Columbia University professor of journalism and sociology who serves as chair of its doctoral program in communications, Gitlin will share with audiences his first-hand experiences shaping the supercharged sixties as an early president of Students for a Democratic Society and an organizer of the first national demonstration against the Vietnam War. The author of 15 books, he will draw parallels to today’s culture from insights in his critically acclaimed tome, The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage.
“As Gitlin convincingly and elegiacally shows in his concluding chapter, we are still, in many subtle ways, living the legacy of that time…,” reviews Publishers Weekly. “‘The Sixties’ is a triumph of lucidly written popular history.”
A New York City native and resident, Gitlin holds degrees in mathematics from Harvard University, political science from the University of Michigan and sociology from the University of California-Berkeley, where he was director of the mass communications program. A frequent lecturer, broadcast guest, editorial contributor, poet and novelist, he was honored with the Harold U. Ribalow Prize and most recently wrote the e-book, Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street.
Established at the College in 1981 with a grant from the William Penn Foundation, the annual lectureship reflects the ideals of Bennett, a Quaker who devoted his life work to accomplishing peace and justice through non-violent efforts.