East Lansing – November 27, 2007. On Friday, November 30, 2007 BERT GARSKOF will address the Michigan State University Campus Community, in East Lansing. The reunion will be held at 107 South Kedzie Hall, MSU at 7 PM.
In the 1968-1969 school year, Garskof was an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department of Michigan State University. He was also the Faculty Advisor to MSU-SDS. Nominated by his department as TEACHER OF THE YEAR, he had the highest publication rating and best student ratings. In the Spring of 1969, the Administration of Michigan State University forced Bert out of his assigned classes and put him on â€œfull time research.â€ The Administration subsequently denied Garskof tenure and he left MSU. With an extensive background as a peace and justice activist, Bert Garskof is currently a board member of Foundation for a Democratic Society and an active member of Movement for a Democratic Society. Returning to MSU for an SDS reunion and nonviolent protest, Garskof will address a new generation of MSU SDSers.
Bert Garskof (left) and Alan Haber are scheduled to speak at the Reunion
Garskof, now a Professor at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, will speak before a meeting of current student activists and former SDS members – many now in the Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS). He will discuss “The War Then and Now: The Re-Birth of the Student Movement.” Other scheduled speakers include SDS founding member Alan Haber and former SDS national leaders Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers. The reunion, scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM at MSU’s South Kedzie Hall, is open to the public. Bob Meola of MDS will emcee the event.
Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers will speak at the Reunion
The reunion celebration will be preceded by a nonviolent protest and press conference at the Marine Recruitment Center at 507 Â½ East Grand River Avenue from 2:00 – 4:00PM. Meola and Garskof will speak at the press conference where they will be joined by Tom Good of Movement for a Democratic Society (New York City chapter), representatives from Greater Lansing Network Against War and Injustice, the Peace Education Center Youth and Military Counter-Recruitment Task Force and Ignite (the new MSU SDS).
Bob Meola (left) and Tom Good will speak at the Recruiting Center protest/press conference
The MSU SDS REUNION is co-sponsored by Ad Hoc Committee of MSU-SDS Alumni, Ignite, MDS Cyber Chapter #1, and Great Issues. An off campus party will follow a reunion open mike and memorial for MSU-SDS Comrade Jeff Miller, martyred at Kent State University in 1970. The press conference/protest is sponsored by SDS / MDS – see you in the streets.