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Ithaca Diaries Fall update: reviews, event, video

Cornell video of Straight Takeover, 1969, now online

wstakeover_35 (1)After working on Ithaca Diaries for eight years, I was honored to be interviewed on NPR’s Here and Now  earlier this month. I was totally impressed that their diligent researchers  discovered that the Cornell University Rare Books Library recently compiled video of  the  takeover of Willard Straight Hall by more than 100 black students,  on parents’ weekend,  in April, 1969.

As Ithaca Diaries readers know, the Straight takeover was a central event in my life and in the university’s  transition from ivory tower to the diverse and forwarding-looking institution it is today.

For me, having been front and center when the  students emerged with those rifles, seeing the silent footage felt eerie.Here’s a link to the video–which, , does need some editing as the various cuts seem to repeat.  I’d love to know your thoughts. 

—Anita
Anita M. Harris is the author of Ithaca Diaries, a nonfiction coming-of-age memoir/social history of college in the late 1960s. The book is available from Amazon, Kindle, and the Cornell Store. 

Cornell Reunion 2015 Highlights & Photos

Had a fine time at Cornell Reunion in early June…Highlights (for me) included:

Book signing with James McConkey, my freshman writing teacher,  who required us to keep diaries  and has been a  friend and mentor ever since.

Jim McConkey & Anita Harris, Cornell Booksigning, 6/6/2015
Jim McConkey & Anita Harris, Cornell Booksigning, 6/6/2015

H earing  Bob Langer, world renowned MIT bioengineer/multi-companyfounder (below)

Photo, Bob Langer, Cornell Reunion 2015
Bob Langer, Cornell Reunion 2015 c. Mark Hoffman

and Ed Zuckerman, show runner for “Law and Order Special Victims Unit”  speak about their careers.

Ed Zuckerman, Cornell Reunion 2015
Ed Zuckerman, Cornell Reunion 2015

Both  friends of mine at Cornell, they   are IN Ithaca Diariesand, remarkably, still speaking to me….tho I don’t think Bob has read it, yet).

Here’s a photo of outgoing president David Skorton (front) , who joined our class for dinner (he graduated in1970 from Northwestern; worked his way through as a jazz flutist before going to medical school and becoming a cardiologist; he’s departing Cornell for the Smithsonian.

Photo of Cornell President David Skorton
Cornell Prez David Skorton, Class of 1970 Dinner, Reunion 2015

Also enjoyed visiting the beer..er…music tents with Ed Z and Mark Hoffman

Beer tent, Cornell reunion 2015
Cornell Reunion tent 2015 c. Mark Hoffman

and love this photo of Mark and the Cornell Bear.

Mark Hoffman w Cornell Bear, Cornell 1970 Reunion 2015
Mark Hoffman w Cornell Bear, Cornell 1970 Reunion 2015

Many thanks to reunion organizers Bill and Gail Wallace

Class reunion organizers Bill and Gail Wallace Cornell 2015
Class reunion organizers Bill and Gail Wallace
Cornell 2015

(with hopes someone has fixed the elevators by now).

Carl Becker House Cornell Reunion 2015
Carl Becker House Cornell Reunion 2015

Also thanks to Mark Hoffman for sharing his photos, which are copyrighted.

BTW–I hope you’ll  follow me on twitter..Evidently, you need followers to get followers!

Anita Harris
Anita M. Harris is the author of Ithaca DIaries, a memoir/social history of Cornell University, 1966-1970.  It’s available from Amazon, Kindle and the Cornell Store.

 

Ithaca Diaries supporter confronts Boston racism; please help fund her campaign.

Children’s author, fellow Cornell alum and friend Irene Smalls, who lives in Boston  (and promoted Ithaca Diaries at the Frankfurt Book Festival and  contributed books to  the kickstarter campaign)  writes:

Irene Smalls fenceSometime yesterday someone scrawled on the side of my house “Every nigger is a star.”  I was stunned.  I have lived in my neighbohood in downtown Boston for 38 years without incident.  Now, someone is perpetrating a silent assault against me personally and my property  with the “n word.”  I don’t know if it was a prank or a threat. Either way I get a chill entering my front door each day now.  I feel violated and ignored at the same time.  Who ever did this does not know I write books for all children or that I volunteer in the community.  I am raising money to demolish the offensive fence and put security cameras around my property. I am preparing.  My hope is this will never happen again but I am getting ready in case this racist message was real.   I will not be forced out of my neighborhood by hoods or threat of harm.

Please join me in  helping Irene fund her “go fund me”  campaign to replace the fence?

http://www.gofundme.com/rq857g  .
Thanks!

Anita M. Harris

Anita Harris is a writer and communications consultant based in Cambridge, MA. Her new book, Ithaca Diaries, was published earlier this year by Cambridge Common Press. A new edition of Broken Patterns, Professional Women and the Quest for a New Feminine Identity came out in 2014.  Both are available  from Amazon and Kindle at  http://www.amazon.com/Ithaca-Diaries-Coming-Age-1960s/dp/0692294988