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NYU Honors Founding Document of Student Activism: “The Port Huron Statement @50,” April 12 and 13

March 29, 2012

“The Port Huron Statement @50” two-day conference celebrating the founding document of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), will be hosted by the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development on Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13. With a keynote address by Tom Hayden, the prime author of the Port Huron Statement, on Friday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m., the event will explore the document’s history, its legacy, and the struggle for democratic change on college campuses around the globe. Panel topics and sessions include:

• The Port Huron Statement in Historical Perspective, April 12, 6:30 p.m., Bobst Library 10th Floor, 70 Washington Square South
• Keynote Speech: “At Port Huron, We Were Right,” April 13, 9:30 a.m., Ireland House, One Washington Mews
• The 1960s and the Reorganization of Knowledge at NYU, April 13, 10:15 a.m., Ireland House
• Intergenerational Dialogue Between Veterans of the 1960s (Student Movement and Occupy Wall Street Activists), April 13, 12:30 p.m., Ireland House
• Participatory Democracy at the Grassroots Today: From Madison and Wall Street to Tahrir Square, April 13, 2:15 p.m., Ireland House
• Oral History Teachers Session and Reception, April 13, 5:30 p.m., Kimball Hall Lounge, 246 Greene St.

Special guest speakers include: Martha Noonan, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and SDS veteran; SDS veterans Rob Burlage and Todd Gitlin; Occupy Wall Street Activists, 1960s veterans, former SNCC chairman Chuck McDew, and others.

For a complete conference schedule, visit:

The public can register by emailing For additional event information, contact Robby Cohen, chair of the NYU Steinhardt Department of Teaching and Learning at or 212.998.5211.

MEDIA ONLY: Reporters interested in covering or attending the event must contact Courtney Bowe at 212.998.6797 or email

About the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
Founded in 1890, the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development was the first professional school of teacher education established at an American university. More than a century later, the school has widened its areas of study to include art, health, media, music, and applied psychology. NYU Steinhardt is committed to fostering innovative collaboration, a global approach to research and practice, and scholarship related to all aspects of the human experience. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit:

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NYU Honors Founding Document of Student Activism:  “The Port Huron Statement @50,” April 12 and 13

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