OCSEAA Film Series: Agents of Change and BADAAS Film Screening
Department: Asian American StudiesDate and Time: February 21, 2019 | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Event Location: OC & SEAA Center located on the lower gateway plaza, between Langson Library and the Gateway Study Center
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Asian American Studies/Ethnic Studies
The OCSEAA Film Series presents: Agents of Change: the longest student strike in U.S. History and BADAAS: Beginnings of Activism for the Department of Asian American Studies @ UCI - 3 short films
Agents of Change: the longest student strike in U.S. History
Dir: Abby Ginzberg, Frank Dawson
Current struggles to make colleges welcoming and relevant for students of color continue movements which swept across campuses fifty years ago. AGENTS OF CHANGE tells the timely and inspiring story of how successful protests for equity and inclusion led to establishing the first Black and Ethnic Studies departments at two very different universities: San Francisco State (1968) and Cornell (1969).
San Francisco State students, their supporters on the faculty and in the community, including the increasingly influential Black Panther Party, launched the longest student strike in U.S. history. In addition to curricular changes, they demanded increased minority student recruitment and retention, and the hiring of minority faculty. Student activists, like actor Danny Glover, demonstrated and faced brutal police assaults and massive arrests unleashed by then-Governor Ronald Reagan. In spite of these obstacles, Black, Latino and Asian student groups formed the Third World Liberation Front and emerged victorious, creating the first College of Ethnic Studies in the nation and igniting similar actions across the country.
BADAAS: Beginnings of Activism for the Department of Asian American Studies @ UCI
3 short films created by:
African American Studies Faculty member Professor Tiffany Willoughby-Herard
Chicano/Latino Studies Professor Gilbert Gonzalez