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About the event

Fifty years ago, the student body emerged on the global scene as a cohesive revolutionary movement fighting alongside oppressed people in India, East and Western Europe, South and North America, and articulating a new political horizon. What remains of that emancipatory promise? Is there such a thing as a student body, or are students mere investors in the knowledge economy? What are the meanings, stakes, and privileges of being a student today? Which coalitions and networks of solidarity are maintained by students, and which are avoided or neglected? What political possibilities does a “student” status afford today, and what possibilities should it afford?  

On November 26, the Mina Rees library at the Graduate Center, CUNY will open its doors in an invitation for students, activists, scholars, artists and workers to share the space, sit together, talk, perform, meet and listen. Organized by students at the Graduate Center Theatre and Performance program as a critical homage to the 1968 sit-ins and alternative modes of congregation, the Sit-in at the Library: '68 Revisited is an open forum for participants from different groups and areas to debate, experiment and re-imagine the political roles and potential of the student body and its collaborators today – both inside and outside the university.  

The Sit-in at the Library: '68 Revisited is a free, public and loosely curated forum that welcomes public participation and engagement. We invite you to shape the day with your ideas, questions, teach-ins, or direct political action. The event will be followed by The Fall, a performance lecture by Sister Sylvester.      

For more information or questions, please contact:  

Amir Farjoun: afarjoun@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Mara Valderrama: mvalderrama@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Cory Tamler: ctamler@gradcenter.cuny.edu  

This event is co-sponsored by the Doctoral Student Council (DSC), the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

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