Cointelpro 101

Published Katie - Thu, 03/17/2011 - 6:18pm


Two-day Symposium and Film Screenings on FBI Counter Intelligence Program

The American Studies group at the University of Florida in conjunction with the release of the documentary “Cointelpro 101” will sponsor a two-day symposium on the legacy of the US government’s official program to disrupt radical political organizations in the late 1960s and 1970s. The program will feature speakers who are experts through direct experience and scholarship on the political and cultural effects of Cointelpro on the development of radical culture in the United States.

Speakers will include Laura Whitehorn, former member of Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground; Ward Churchill, former Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado and co-author of early pioneering studies of the Cointelpro program; Harold Taylor, a former Black Panther Party member and member of the San Francisco 8; and Claude Marks, a former political prisoner, Director of the Freedom Archives, and a member of the production crew for the film.

The symposium will take place on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd and is free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 1st, there will be a social justice roundtable discussion hosted by the University of Florida, on campus in Dauer Hall room 215 at 9:30am, with Laura Whitehorn, Ward Churchill, Harold Taylor and Claude Marks.

The symposium continues later in the day at the Civic Media Center, located at 433 South Main Street. At 12:00pm there will be a screening of the documentary “Cointelpro 101” followed by presentations from each speaker: Claude Marks, 1:30pm; Harold Taylor, 2:15pm; Laura Whitehorn, 3:00pm; and Ward Churchill, 4:15pm. Snacks and coffee will be provided and guests are welcome to bring their own lunch.

On Saturday, April 2nd the event will continue with an additional screening of the film followed by a panel discussion. This event will begin at 12:00pm at the downtown branch of the Alachua County Public Library, located at 401 E. University Avenue.

The event is sponsored by the Department of English at the University of Florida, and is co-sponsored by the Alachua County Library District, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, and the International Socialist Organization.

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Fri, 04/01/2011 - 12:00pm
Free, donations appreciated