50th anniversary anti-war teach-in

Midnight protest rally at U-M newspaper clipping

Original caption: Philosophy Prof. Frithjof Bergmann (center, at podium) called for immediate
United States withdrawl from Viet Nam at a midnight protest rally on the University “Diag” attended
by about 3,000 students and faculty members last night. The rally was one of two held
as part of a 12-hour “teach-in” demonstration organized by 200 faculty members. The “teachin”
was interrupted during the night by three bomb scares. Students for a Democratic Society

It’s been 50 years since activists gathered for a teach-in against the Vietnam War in 1965. A week of events celebrating the teach-in, and reflecting on how the world has changed since then, begins on March 24, hosted by community members, activists and the University of Michigan’s Social Work Allies for Immigrant Rights student organization. The events are free and open to the public.


Opening Session

Featuring 1965 teach-in organizers, the opening session will reflect on the Vietnam War and the culture and politics of that time, as well as what has changed since then.

When: Tuesday, March 24, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Angell Hall, Auditorium B


Lessons and organizing

This session will address the ideas of war and peace and how perspectives on protests were viewed in the 1960s and today.

When: Wednesday, March 25, 3-5:30 p.m.
Where: School of Social Work Commons


What’s happening in the world today?

Focusing on modern issues, this session will address nuclear weapons, trade deals, Ukraine and more.

When: Wednesday, March 25, 7-10 p.m.
Where: International Institute meeting room


Hot topics

This session will address the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and other wars in the Middle East.

When: Thursday, March 26, 3-5:30 p.m.
Where: School of Social Work, lower level, room B780


Winning the peace: What have we learned?

When: Thursday, March 26, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Dana Building, School of Natural Resources, room 1040


– Natalie Wright




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