The Port Huron Statement at 50

The Port Huron Statement at 50

Keynote Speakers: Michael Kazin (History, Georgetown University)
Tom Hayden (principal author of the Port Huron Statement, political activist)
Thursday-Friday, February 2-3, 2012
Corwin Pavilion and McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

The 1962 Port Huron Statement was the most important manifesto of the early New Left. This conference brings together a wide range of scholars and Port Huron veterans to generate a conversation designed to evaluate what is living, dead, and irrelevant in a document that has become a flashpoint for debates over the legacy of “The Sixties.” The idea of “participatory democracy” first popularized in the statement, will be among the key ideas and practices to face a twenty-first century reevaluation. Likewise, the dialectical relationship between liberalism and its presumptively radical antagonists remains a subject of much contestation, then and now.

Paul Booth                      Charles McDew
Joshua Freeman            Lisa McGirr
Grace Hale                      James Miller
Howard Brick                 Alice O’Connor
Richard Flacks               Charles Payne
Daniel Geary                  Bob Ross
Nelson Lichtenstein      Vivian Rothstein
Ben Manski                     Michael Vester
Jane Mansbridge           Howard Winant
Steve Max                        Eric Olin Wright

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Sponsored by Dissent, The Nation, the Dick Flacks Democracy Fund, UCSB Associated Students, the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s Public Goods series.

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