Join us October 4-5 on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus for conversations on past and present student activism in honor of our new book by Michael Metz, Radicals in the Heartland: The 1960s Student Protest Movement at the University of Illinois. 

October 4–5, 2019

Friday Keynote:

Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist at the University of Maryland College Park, and co-founder of Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented), which focuses on documenting student activism among historically marginalized communities.

Saturday Sessions:

Radicals in the Heartland: Reflections on the 1960s Protest Movement

Moderator: Michael Metz (BA ’70), author of Radicals in the Heartland

Panelists: Vern Fein (MA ’65), Vince Wu (MS ’66), and Vic Berkey

Documenting Student Activism: The Role of the Archive

Moderator: Ellen Swain, UIUC Student Life and Culture Archives

Panelists: Jessica Ballard, UIUC Archives, and Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist, University of Maryland

Illinois Student Activism: Past and Present

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: TBD



Friday, October 4

Walking Tour of Key Anti-Vietnam War Demonstration Sites

Location: Meet on the South Patio (Quad side) of the Illini Union (1401 W. Green St.)

Start time: TBD

Join Vic Berkey (SFS and SDS leader) and Vern Fein (MA ’65) (Committee to End the War and SDS leader) for a FREE guided one-hour walking tour of some of the key sites of anti-Vietnam War demonstration sites on the University of Illinois campus. Some sites may require participants to navigate steps. Contact Vern Fein for more information.

Contact: Vern Fein (


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Co-sponsored by: The University of Illinois Press and the University of Illinois Archives

Questions? Contact Julie Laut, University of Illinois Press,

About Heather Gernenz

University of Illinois Press Publicity Manager

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