Columbia University Libraries to Sponsor a Work-in-Progress Screening of a Documentary about the Events at Columbia in April 1968, "A Time to Stir"

NEW YORK, April 17, 2008 The Friends of the Columbia Libraries is pleased to sponsor a work-in-progress screening of the documentary A Time to Stir, a film about the student protests at Columbia University in the spring of 1968. Director Paul Cronin will discuss the making of the film and will respond to questions from the audience. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 23 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor Lecture Hall of Columbia’s Journalism Building. The event is free and open to the public.

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A Time to Stir documents the student troubles at Columbia University in early 1968 with 200 hours of interviews detailing all points of view, 30 hours of archive footage and more than 11,000 photographs, including material from the Columbia University archive never before accessed. It features new interviews with leading players of a wide variety of persuasions, including members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) who occupied four buildings on campus, African-American students who were gathered on their own in Hamilton Hall, older politically active graduate students who took issue with SDS leadership, Columbia students who opposed the take-over of campus by protesters, faculty both for and against the activists, and the Tactical Patrol Force who cleared the buildings on the orders of the University administration.

Paul Cronin’s films include “Look out Haskell, it’s real!” The Making of Medium Cool (2001), Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16 (2003) and In the Beginning was the Image: Conversations with Peter Whitehead (2006). He also made the educational documentary Mackendrick on Film, and has recently completed a new non-fiction film for the Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation. His books include Herzog on Herzog and On Film-making: An introduction to the craft of the director. His website is

Cronin will be introduced by Paul Hond, senior writer for Columbia Magazine. A discussion will follow the presentation. For more information regarding this event, or to attend, please respond to To view a listing of events, visit

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