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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. 

Photos, thanks from Anita Harris, Cornell Club Ithaca Diaries Event, Boston, at last!

IMG_5124Apologies for taking so long to post photos–but want to thank everyone who came to the Cornell Club of Boston Ithaca Diaries event in April–my first talk on the published (yay!) book. Was very gratified by your warm response….and totally grateful  everyone who helped make the event what even I have to admit was a great success:
especially:  Pam Decatur and the Cambridge Innovation Center; Raffi Hirsch; Paul Hayre, Scott Sanders,  Mark Hoffman, R Mc (who doesn’t want his name out on the Internet) Marc Kessler, , and Elsie, of Star Market. Hoping to have  the video edited soon; please contact me if you’d like to know when it’s available. Anita

Please click here to view  more photos–all shot by Mark Hoffman. (Thanks again, Mark).

Anita Harris
–AKA Anita M. Harris, as there are  an actual rock star and other authors with my name!

“Ithaca Diaries” Cornell Memoir Now on Amazon

Book Cover-Cambridge Common Press is pleased to announce that an advance edition of Ithaca Diaries ,by Anita M. Harris, is now available for purchase in paperback and kindle formats via Amazon.com.

Ithaca Diaries, is a coming of age memoir set at Cornell University in the tumultuous 1960s. The story is told in first person from the point of view of a smart, sassy, funny, scared, sophisticated yet naïve college student who can laugh at herself while she and the world around her are having a nervous breakdown. Based on the author’s diaries and letters, interviews and other primary and secondary accounts of the time, Ithaca Diaries describes collegiate life as protests, politics, and violence increasingly engulf the student, her campus, and her nation. Her irreverent observations serve as a prism for understanding what it was like to live through those tumultuous times.

An official launch is slated for mid-January, 2015.

Ithaca Diaries featured as “staff pick” on Kickstarter

Book Cover 6x9 9-13-14 - CopyI’m excited to report that shortly after Ithaca Diaries opened for business on kickstarter, I received an email saying that someone on the staff “loved” the project and had chosen it for highlighting on the kickstarter site!
I’m hoping to raise $3500 to bring the book to life.  The writing and editing are done, but it still needs an index and some publishing tweaks. I’m secretly hoping that people will contribute more money so that I can add interactivity to the Ithaca Diaries site…and you can tell YOUR story.  Any and all contributions would be appreciate. Here’s a link to the kickstarter site. Many thanks–Anita

Anita M. Harris is a communications consultant, blogger and author based in Cambridge, MA. She is managing director of the award-winning Harris Communications Group, blogs at New Cambridge Observer, and the author of Broken Patterns, Professional Women and the Quest for a New Feminine Identity.