Presentation Title: In Solidarity: Middlebury and the Civil Rights Movement

Section: Political Movements III

Location: , 220

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 1:30pm - 1:45pm



How did Middlebury students react and respond to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s? How did the administration react to the national conversation on race? In order to complete a minor in African American Studies, I conducted research using primarily The Middlebury Campus as a source to write a paper titled “Civil Rights at Middlebury: How a Campus Culture Defined Middlebury Student Activists’ Participation in the Movement.” The paper reveals that student activists were involved in the national movement while functioning within the campus and institutional culture. This presentation will recap the ways in which students became part of the movement—with solidarity marches, by challenging the anti-discrimination policies of the Greek life, and through academic discourse such as the “Civil Rights Seminar.” A discussion of more modern activism and the Middlebury context will also be included. 

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: American Studies

Presentation Topic: Race & Ethnicity

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Burnham, Elma Chapin Collins
Major(s): French
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Spears, Tim
Dept(s): American Studies

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