Tues Oct. 21. *Tom Fels *will have a book signing and reading for /Farm Friends: From the Late Sixties to the West Seventies and Beyond/. Fels is a curator and writer and former member of the Montague Farm Commune. Recently reviewed in the NY Times, Fels� memoir follows the lives of several members of the Montague Farm and Packer Corner communes (made famous in books by Ray Mungo and Steve Diamond) into the present.

/�Farm Friends/ is a memoir and a study of the generation of the 1960s. Beginning on a communal farm in 1969, it continues as a personal chronicle of the author and his extended family up to the present day.�

The signing will be held at 4.30 pm, 25^th Floor Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst. Contact Rob Cox (rscox@library.umass.edu <mailto:rscox@library.umass.edu> or 413.545.6842) for additional information.

Fri. Oct. 24. *Cathy Wilkerson*, educator, civil rights and SDS activist, and former member of Weatherman, will hold a book signing and reading of her new memoir Flying Too Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman.

The blurb on Amazon:

�Cathy Wilkerson, who famously blew up and escaped from a Greenwich Village townhouse, here wrestles with the legacy of the movement, at times looking at contradictions of the movement that many others have avoided: the absence of women�s voices then and in the retelling; the incompetence and the egos; the hundreds of bombs detonated in protest which caused little loss of life but which were also ineffective in fomenting revolution. While proud of many of the accomplishments of the 1960s, years later Wilkerson examines why, in 1970, she in effect accepted the same disregard for human life practiced by the government.�

The signing will be held at 4.30 pm, 25^th Floor Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst. Contact Rob Cox (rscox@library.umass.edu <mailto:rscox@library.umass.edu> or 413.545.6842) for additional information.

Tue. Oct. 28. Fourth Annual Social Change Symposium at UMass: �1968 And All That� features two speakers:

*Junius Williams*: "From Amherst to Newark: the Politics of Redefinition". Williams will discuss his personal journey from becoming a student at Amherst College, "escaping" Jim Crow in the South, to discover the mixed reality of racism and acceptance in the North; and the ultimate transformation for me when I joined the Movement, which took me to Alabama with SNCC, and then to Newark with SDS.

*Parker Donham*. In 1968, Donham dropped out of Harvard to work on the presidential campaign of Eugene McCarthy, where he was an assistant to press secretary Seymour Hersh. When Hersh left, Donham and a group of Smith College dropouts staffed the campaign plane for the remainder of its historic journey to the Chicago convention. Returning to Harvard in the fall of 1968, Donham became the campus stringer for the Boston Globe for which he covered the tumultuous April, 1969, occupation of University Hall. He later wrote a weekly column in the Globe entitled, "The News Today, Oh Boy," and continued to cover political events and social change, and was a visitor to the communal farms of western Massachusetts and southern Vermont.

The colloquium will be held 6.30-8.30, in 165-169 Campus Center, UMass Amherst. Contact Rob Cox (rscox@library.umass.edu <mailto:rscox@library.umass.edu> or 413.545.6842) for additional information.

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Robert S. Cox

Head, Special Collections

& University Archives

Adj. Prof. History

W.E.B. Du Bois Library, 154 Hicks Way

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Amherst, MA 01003-9275

(413) 545-6842

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