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Weathermen underground leader reflects 40 years later

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Mark Rudd, 40 years ago

  • April 1, 2009

Mark Rudd, a leader of the 1968 Columbia University student strike and a founder of the notorious Weathermen, will speak on his new memoir, “Underground: My Life in SDS and the Weathermen,” Wednesday, April 22 on the California State University, East Bay campus.

The free program will be presented by the Department of History, part of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, at noon in the Biella Room of the University Library, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward.

It comes one day short of the 41st anniversary of the start of the Columbia rebellion.

As the head of the Columbia University chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Rudd was one of the most prominent leaders of the April 1968 student rebellion that brought Columbia to a halt and became a model for student activism worldwide  He went on to become cofounder, along with Bill Ayers (who gained new prominence in last year's presidential campaign) and others, of the Weather Underground, which sought to end war, racism and injustice by any means necessary – even violence. Forty years later, Rudd critically evaluates the Weatherman legacy, while still embracing the antiracist and antiwar goals for which he fought, and draws parallels and lessons for today's activists, young and old.

Cal State East Bay welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please call the History Department, 510-885-3207, well in advance if accommodation is needed.

Campus parking is $5 per vehicle. Pay machines are in lots E2, F, G, H, K and N.


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