April 12, 1970
The All-College Events Committee presented a week-long program focusing on the challenges and problems facing the nation, entitled "The Week America Died." On the program’s first day, Sunday April 12th, students participated in an interactive multi-media event in Main Circle; they hung items, symbolizing the problems facing America, from a sculpture designed and constructed by student Albert Wulff '71. On Monday, following a lecture by Dr. Robert Nixon, head of the counseling service, entitled "Exploitive Man, Ecological Man: Homo Sapiens in Transition," members of the biology department conducted discussions in Josselyn House and Jewett House. Tuesday's topic was the changing values and authority in contemporary society: after a film screening, College Chaplain Fred Wood spoke in Chicago Hall on "The Death and Rebirth of Morality." Discussion sessions led by members of the religion and philosophy departments were conducted in Strong House and Cushing House following the lecture.
One of the week’s highlights was Wednesday's Barbara Bailey Brown Lecture, "Politics and Foreign Policy," given in the Chapel by Nicholas Katzenbach, US Attorney General during the Kennedy administration and current general counsel to IBM. Katzenbach addressed the troubling aspects of contemporary American government and politics. The Barbara Bailey Brown Fund, established in 1966 in memory of their Barbara Bailey '32 by her classmates, supported programs and lectures fostering international understanding. Discussions following Katzenbach’s address were led by Professors Lawrence Wittner of the history department and David Novack from economics.
On Thursday April 16, the program focused on groups facing oppression in contemporary America. George Wiley, chairman of the National Welfare Organization, gave a lecture, followed by several group discussions: Amy McCarthy '71 led a discussion on the "Struggles of Blacks," Dr. Helen Van Alstine from the health service and Dorothy Levens from the education department facilitated a discussion on the "Struggles of the American Indian," and Lita Lepie '70 and Carla Duke '71 directed the discussion "Struggles of Women."
On Friday, April 17th, a lecture entitled ,"Sex and Violence in the Mass Media" was given by Vassar psychologist William Krossner Jr., who spoke on the effects of "mass media on man and his responses to it." Saturday's activities centered on a showing of Jean-Luc Godard's 1968 documentary about Western counter-culture, Sympathy for the Devil and Sunday's concluding exercise was "a participatory activity of cleaning up pollutants behind Avery [Hall] and around Sunset Lake." The Miscellany News