Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Justice to Feature Activist, Sociologist and Educator Todd Gitlin

March 7, 2014, Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.— Due to the forecasted winter storm on March 3, Montgomery County Community College’s Annual Richard K. Bennett Lecture featuring author and sociological commentator Todd Gitlin was rescheduled for Monday, March 24, at 12:30 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. A simulcast of this free presentation will be shown in the South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. For more information, call 215-641-6518 or visit

A Columbia University professor of journalism and sociology who serves as chair of its doctoral program in communications, Gitlin will share with audiences his first-hand experiences shaping the supercharged sixties as an early president of Students for a Democratic Society and an organizer of the first national demonstration against the Vietnam War. The author of 15 books, he will draw parallels to today’s culture from insights in his critically acclaimed tome,
“The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage.”

“As Gitlin convincingly and elegiacally shows in his concluding chapter, we are still, in many subtle ways, living the legacy of that time…,” reviews Publishers Weekly. “‘The Sixties’ is a triumph of lucidly written popular history.”

A New York City native and resident, Gitlin holds degrees in mathematics from Harvard University, political science from the University of Michigan and sociology from the University of California-Berkeley, where he was director of the mass communications program. A frequent lecturer, broadcast guest, editorial contributor, poet and novelist, he was honored with the Harold U. Ribalow Prize and most recently wrote the e-book, “Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street.” He will be signing books at Central Campus following the lecture.

Established at the College in 1981 with a grant from the William Penn Foundation, the annual lectureship reflects the ideals of Bennett, a Quaker who devoted his life work to accomplishing peace and justice through non-violent efforts. This year’s lecture is also part of the College’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Founded in 1964, the College’s early years in Conshohocken occurred in the midst of the turbulent period of the 1960s.

-- Diane VanDyke