Spring 2018

Past Events

April 10, 2018


KOB Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts


April 10, 2018 6:30 - 8:30 pm

After the 1968 campus anti-war protests, Columbia Revolt, the documentary shot by members of the New York Newsreel, the activist filmmaker collective, became legendary. In commemoration of that moment on the Columbia campus, the School of the Arts screened the original film and talk with former students and filmmakers. SOA would like to thank Third World Newsreel, in operation since 1967, for their help with this program. 




Jane M. Gaines, Professor of Film, Columbia University; Professor Emerita of Literature and English, Duke University, co-founder of the international conference: “Visible Evidence: Strategies and Practices in Documentary; co-editor Visible Evidence series, University of Minnesota Press (1997 – 2013); author, seminal article on activism and Columbia Revolt, the film.


Norman Fruchter, is currently a Deputy Director for Policy, Research and Evaluation at NYU’s Metro Center. He was formerly a Senior Scholar at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and a mayoral appointee to the New York City Panel for Educational Policy. Fruchter founded and directed NYU’s Institute for Education & Social Policy for more than a decade, and spent eight years as the Aaron Diamond Foundation’s Education Program Officer. He has directed an alternative high school for dropouts in Newark, and an alternative B.A. program for community activists and public sector workers in Jersey City. He served ten years on his local Brooklyn school board, and has published Urban Schools, Public Will; Choosing Equality: The Case for Democratic Schooling; and Hard Lessons: Public Schools and Privatization, as well as several other education policy texts and many articles. Fruchter also published two novels and co-directed several award-winning documentaries. He was one of the founders of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE).


Joseph Stillman (CC '68) went to Columbia and was an undergraduate in the late 1960s. He joined the Students for a Democratic Society in high school and continued in SDS at Columbia. During the strike in the spring of 1968, he was on the Strike Steering Committee. After college, Stillman worked in a number of nonprofits focused on employment and community development and began and ran an organization providing jobs for people coming out of prison. He then was a partner in a consulting firm that worked for large foundations, again focusing on employment and community development. He now teaches social studies in a high school in the South Bronx.


Shawn Walker, Photographer, Former Third World Newsreel Member. Born and raised in Harlem, NY, Shawn Walker has a BFA from Empire State College and was a founding member of Kamoinge, the longest existing Black Photographers' collective. A professional photographer for more than 40 years and a photographic educator for more than 30 years, Walker has traveled extensively and exhibited, lecture and been published throughout the world. Walker is a photographic artist and a master black-and-white printer whose work is included in numerous permanent collections.