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President Emeritus Richard W. Lyman to speak on demonstration era
STANFORD -- Stanford President Emeritus Richard W. Lyman will discuss the student demonstrations of the late 1960s at the Stanford Historical Society's annual meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, in Tresidder Union's Oak Lounge. The program is free and open to the public.
The title of Lyman's talk, "Stanford's 'Years of Hope, Days of Rage,' 1968-70," is drawn in part from the title of a book by Todd Gitlin.
Between 1968 and 1970, student groups at Stanford demanded a halt to the Vietnam War, termination of classified research on campus, dismantling of ROTC and expansion of minority student and faculty recruitment. Some students staged sit- ins, blockaded buildings, disrupted meetings and set fires.
As Stanford provost from 1967 to 1970 and president from 1970 to 1980, Lyman was in the forefront of efforts to limit campus violence and later to heal the wounds.
An expert in British history, Lyman earned his bachelor's degree at Swarthmore College in 1947, then went to Harvard, where he earned a master's degree in 1948 and doctorate in 1954. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1958, and served as associate dean of humanities and sciences during 1964-67.
Lyman was named president of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1980. He returned to Stanford in 1988 to launch the Institute for International Studies. He served as its director for three years and continues as a senior fellow.
Lyman is the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor Emeritus in the Humanities. This quarter he is teaching a course in the School of Education on the history of higher education in the United States.
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