Currently on Exhibit

CAMPUS UNREST AT 50: Commemorating the Legacy of Dissent at Queens College


Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library • Next to Tanenbaum room (300i)

1969. The black and women’s liberation movements were in full swing, Stonewall launched LGBT issues into the spotlight, and college campuses across the country exploded as students spoke out against the Vietnam War and for students’ rights. Queens College was no less tumultuous. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) protested the military and corporate presence on campus, while Black and Puerto Rican students banded together to oust and replace the SEEK director. Many students boycotted commencement and held a ceremony of their own. Thirty students and one faculty member spent two weeks in Rikers. This exhibit uses materials from the archives to highlight the intersecting movements, demands, and people who changed the face of the campus during that memorable year.

Exhibit curated by archivists Rachel Kahn and Annie Tummino. Materials from the Special Collections and Archives, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library. You may preview the exhibit here

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