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Leading the Way: Post 9/11 Student Activism


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Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, students at college campuses in the United States have been at the forefront of activism and public discourse concerning what is often called the U.S. government’s war on terrorism. Those students have sometimes been the targets of law enforcement sweeps, racial attacks, and heated accusations of being un-American.

On this edition of Making Contact, we take a look at an emerging anti-war movement and some of the challenges students face in this post 9/11 era. This program is the second in a two-part series that was produced in collaboration with Foreign Policy in Focus, a co-sponsor of the First Monday Project 2002. Since 1994, the First Monday Project has raised critical public issues on college campuses across the United States on the opening day of the Supreme Court’s session, the first monday in October. In 2002, the First Monday Project focuses on civil liberties and the U.S. War on Terrorism.


Michael Klare, Hamphire College; John Gershman, Interhemispheric Resource Center; Richard Wilson, American University; David Cole, Center for Constitutional Rights; Melvin A. Goodman, National War College; Kate Martin, Center for National Security Studies; Howard Zinn, author of “A People’s History of the United States”; Jemel Buck, All Dulles Area Muslim Society; Jeanne Butterfield, American Immigration Lawyers Association; Kit Gage, First Amendment Foundation; Mr. Singh, a Sikh man who was denied passage on an airplane; Music from David Rovics.

Howard Zinn is a supporter of National Radio Project.

For more information:

Howard Zinn
Author, “A People’s History of the United States” ISBN: 0060937319
and “Terrorism and War” ISBN: 1583224939

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
University of Michigan Chapter – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Campus Compact

Students for Justice in Palestine
UC Berkeley

NAFSA: Association of International Educators – Washington, DC

International Services Offices
George Washington University- Washington D.C.

Author: Radio Project

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