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Take the "History of Student Activism 101"

9. March 2005 • Rob Goodspeed
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Part of my work at People For the American Way is helping out on their Young People For Program, a project to build the progressive movement on college campuses. They will be offering a series of online classes, and I’ll be teaching the first course – a brief history of student activism. You may remember I taught a course on the history of student activism at Michigan one year ago as an undergraduate.

Registration is now open for the first-ever YP4 online course: the History of Student Activism 101! The syllabus and registration information is available on the Young People For Academy website.

The course will cover the history of student activism in the U.S. from the early 20th century to the present. We’ll cover the student pacifist movement of the 1930s, student civil rights activism of the 1950s and 60s, and the myriad of movements and issues which mobilized students in the 1970s, 80s, 90s and today. We’ll discuss student anti-war and anti-apartheid activism as well as students’ ongoing efforts to change the structure and direction of colleges and universities themselves.

The course is six weeks and tuition is free, however there is space for only 15 participants. Students will complete short readings, post to an online discussion forum, and participate in a weekly conference call at 4 p.m. on Thursdays. The course will conclude with a short final project. Participants will earn a YP4 Academy certificate. To learn more, go to academy.youngpeoplefor.org or email Rob Goodspeed at rgoodspeed at pfaw.org.

(Cross-posted on my personal blog)



  1. im interested


       —Ayodele Ayokunle    Aug. 25 '06 - 04:44PM    #
  2. What are the student activism topics for the last decade?


       —Topics for the last decade?    Aug. 25 '06 - 07:15PM    #