Memory as Resistance: An Intergenerational Dialogue on Living a Radical Life

Room: 
1.83
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 2: 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Abstract: 
In a time where many young people have come into political consciousness during the presidency of Barack Obama––a center Democratic who nonetheless inspired a sense of optimism due to his support of legislation around healthcare and LGBTQA rights––the current regime presents a new challenge: how to conceive of and carry out a lifelong approach to challenging the severe breakdown of our democracy into neo-fascism? Where can we find a model for lifelong resistance from Radicals of an earlier generation, and where must we develop new methods catered specifically to this political moment? Taking the form of a public interview, moderated by two oral historians, with two individuals of "retirement age" who have long been––and still are!––active in the Resistance Movement, this panel will explore these questions and others before welcoming the audience to join and continue the discussion.
Panel Track: 
The Question of Generations
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Sarah
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Dziedzic
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Independent Oral Historian
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Sarah Dziedzic is an Oral Historian and Editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She has contributed to many oral historical and literary projects involving the arts, the environment, and feminism, including recent collaborations with Autonomedia Press and Seven Stories Press. She is currently the Oral Historian at Storm King Art Center. She is also a Co-Founding Editor of In Context Journal and serves on the board of Word Up Community Bookshop.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Joel
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Kovel
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Sacked Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Bard College
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Author of “The Lost Traveller’s Dream,” a memoir that outlines sixty years of struggle against academia, Zionism, and U.S. imperialism.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Tarak
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Kauff
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Veterans for Peace
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Tarak Kauff is on the board of directors of Veterans for Peace, and is the managing editor of "Vietnam Full Disclosure," which advocates for a true telling of the history of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Kauff is also a founding member of Middle East Crisis Response, a group of Hudson Valley residents who support the end of aggressive U.S. policies in the Middle East. Raised in Queens, NY, Kauff ran nearly 9,000 miles through all 50 states over an 11-month period in 1982, and is now based in Woodstock, NY.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Svetlana
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Kitto
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Independent Writer and Oral Historian
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Svetlana Kitto is a writer and oral historian. Her fiction and nonfiction have been featured in Salon, VICE, Art21, the New York Observer, the Oral History Review, Columbia Journal, and the book Occupy, published by Verso Press, among other publications. She has read and performed her work at the Poetry Project, GUTS @ Dixon Place, BAM, Unnameable Books, Artists Space and Topos Books. She has contributed oral histories to archives and exhibitions at the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the New York Public Library for Performing Arts. Last winter she was Danspace Project’s Writer-in-Residence for Platform 2016: A Body in Places. In NYC, she co-curates Adult Contemporary, a reading and performance series at La Mama Galleria. She is currently working as curator of oral history and publications at Gordon Robichaux, a new gallery and curatorial agency in NYC, and as an interviewer for the Voices of Crown Heights Oral History Project at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Sarah
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Dziedzic
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Independent Oral Historian

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