Cornell '69: Liberalism and the Crisis of the American University

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CHRONOLOGY

1963

James A. Perkins becomes president of Cornell and begins instituting the Committee on Special Education Projects (COSEP), which will bring more minority students to Cornell.


1965

May: Students and the Ad Hoc Committee to End the War disrupt a speech by Averell Harriman, U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam. The act is the first major threat to intellectual freedom on the Cornell campus since the McCarthy era. Several days later the Ad Hoc Committee disrupts a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) review at Barton Hall.

Summer: Joe and Pat Griffith establish Glad Day Press.


1966

The Afro-American Society (AAS) is founded by students to respond to the needs of new COSEP recruits.

October: Phi Delta Theta is charged with discriminating against blacks at a dance held at the fraternity house. The fraternity is eventually placed on one year's probation. The case highlights the racial tensions afflicting social life at Cornell.

December 14: Bruce Dancis, a Cornell undergraduate, is the first SDS member in the nation to destroy his draft card to protest the Vietnam War. His act galvanizes resistance to the war throughout the country.

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