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"1968 - 40 Years later" - Discussion in the Goethe-Institut Boston on Tuesday 15 April, 6:30pm

Protected content 40 Years later
with Tom Hayden and Peter Schneider
Panel Discussion
Tuesday, April 15, Protected content , 6:30 pm
Goethe-Institut Boston, Protected content Street, Boston
in English
admission free
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We remember the Sixties, a controversial era for both the US and most Western European Countries. We are taking stock of the profound social, political, and individual change this tumultuous time has brought about and that still affects all our lives, and has also changed the transatlantic relationship. While in Germany, the youth protests were mainly directed towards the “silent” parent’s generation and their suppressing the Nazi Past, students in the U.S. protested against the war in Vietnam. What we think about race, war, politics, feminism, popular culture, and music was forever changed. On April 15, we will bring two veterans of the sixties from both Germany and the U.S. together for a Panel discussion at the Goethe-Institut: Tom Hayden and Peter Schneider were both personally involved in the student revolution of their respective countries. As they look back decades later, what do they as members of the Sixties generation think really mattered in that tumultuous time, and what will have meaning going forward? David Burstein, 20, a student at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and documentary filmmaker will moderate the discussion.

Born in Protected content , Tom Hayden was widely viewed as the chief ideologue of the Student Movement of the Sixties. In Protected content , Hayden had drafted the famous Port Huron Statement expressing the idealism of the New Left. He was co-founder of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In the early sixties, Hayden participated in civil rights work in the South and in the black ghettoes of Newark. He later shifted his focus to efforts to end the Vietnam War, twice making trips to North Vietnam. He was married Jane Fonda at that time and organized with her a successful lobby to cut off U.S. aid to Cambodia and Vietnam . Hayden later went on to a political career, serving in both the California State Assembly ( Protected content ) and the California State Senate ( Protected content ).

Born in Protected content raised in southern Germany, Peter Schneider has greatly contributed to the literary and cultural life of Germany over the last four decades. After finishing his studies in German, History, and Philosophy in Protected content , Schneider became a central figure in the Protected content Protest Movements in Berlin and Turin, Italy. He wrote speeches for SPD politicians during the Bundestag election campaign in Protected content . He has written short stories, novels, scripts, and commentaries. In addition, he has written essays and speeches that have tackled, with incisive arguments, the political and ideological questions of his time. His works translated into English include The Wall Jumper, Protected content The German Comedy, Protected content Couplings, Protected content and Edward’s Homecoming, Protected content . His essays can be found in Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Le Monde, Time, and The New York Times. Since Protected content has taught as a guest lecturer at American universities, including Stanford and Princeton. He has been teaching as a Writer in Residence at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. since Protected content . Schneider has just finished work on an autobiographical chronicle of the '68 movement.

David D. Burstein, 20, is the Director and Producer of “18 in ‘08.” The film is the product of two years traveling the country, interviewing over 60 Congressmen, Senators, presidential candidates, policy makers, activists…young and old. David has devoted much of his time, efforts, and energy throughout his life to youth empowerment and political involvement. He has also won numerous awards for his work in fiction and journalistic writing as well as theater arts. He is a student at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. “18 in ‘08” is David’s directorial debut. He lives in Weston, Connecticut.

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