'60s Icon Tom Hayden to Speak at the University of the Arts

Famed student protest leader still a voice for change

March 22, 2011

Tom Hayden will speak at the University of the Arts on March 30 at 7 p.m. in Gershman Hall's Levitt Auditorium at 401 South Broad Street. He will speak on "A Plan to End the Afghanistan War and Invest in America." The lecture is free and open to the public.

An activist and organizer for more than 50 years, Hayden was the principal organizer of Students for a Democratic Society and gained national prominence as an activist during demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and for his subsequent arrest on federal conspiracy charges as one of the Chicago Seven. Called "the single greatest figure of the 1960s student movement" by The New York Times Book Review, Hayden continues to be a voice for peace, social justice and the protection of the environment.

In his later years, Hayden served in the California state legislature from 1982 to 2000. As founder and director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, he has lobbied against the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as against the exploitation of sweatshop workers.

Hayden is the author of 19 books, most recently The Long Sixties: From 1960 to Barack Obama, in which he states that the political upheaval of the 1960s was the catalyst for the social and political environment that produced the Obama presidency, and argues for a return to the progressive social movements of that era. 

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