Glass Humanities Lecture: Angus Johnston

Thursday, March 28, 2013
4:15 PM
Pitzer - Benson Auditorium
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Pitzer - Lecture
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2013 Stephen & Sandra Glass Annual Humanities Lecture

Angus Johnston

"Student Power: Campus Activism in America's Past and Present"

Thursday, March 28, 2013
4:15 p.m.
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Pitzer College

Angus Johnston, a historian of American student activism, received his PhD at the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2009. His doctoral dissertation, “The United States National Student Association: Democracy, Activism, and the Idea of the Student, 1947–1978,” is the sole scholarly history of the nation's largest and longest-lived student activist organization.

Today Johnston teaches history at CUNY and runs the website, a hub of information and analysis of student organizing. He also serves as a mentor and advisor to student organizations in the United States and abroad. In the recent past he has addressed the Center for American Progress, Netroots Nation and the National Student Power Convergence, and he is an honorary life member of the United States Student Association, whose annual meetings he has chaired for the last four years. He has delivered scholarly papers at meetings of the American Studies Association, the Organization of American Historians and the American Educational Research Association, and has addressed student audiences in more than 20 states and three foreign countries.

In addition to his own website, Johnston has published in a growing list of periodicals, anthologies and scholarly journals. He is a recurring blogger for The Nation, Huffington Post and Scarleteen, and has been quoted as an expert on American student organizing in The New York Times, USA Today and CNN.


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