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Sam Chauncey and John Wilkinson: A Conversation on Yale and May Day 1970

April 8th, 4pm Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

Moderated by Judith Schiff, Chief Research Archivist at Yale University Library, this panel will reflect on the university’s role in the era of student activism and the Black Panthers. It coincides with the exhibition currently on view in Sterling Memorial Library's Memorabilia Room, “Bulldog and Panther: The 1970 May Day Rally and Yale", on display until May 16. The event is being sponsored by the Yale Library Associates.

Henry "Sam" Chauncey, Jr. BA '57, was President Kingman Brewster’s assistant, in charge of Yale’s relationship with the New Haven Police and other government entities in the period of the Panther trial and May Day. In 1972 he was made Secretary of the University. Later he left Yale to start Science Park and then became President of Gaylord Hospital outside New Haven, but returned in 1995 to revitalize the Health Management Program at the School of Public Health.

John Wilkinson BA '60, '63 MAT is the former Dean of Students at Yale University. He left in 1974 as Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Undergraduate Affairs to head the Hopkins School. President Bart Giamatti brought him back in 1979 as Vice President for Development and then Secretary of the University in 1981.

All are welcome!

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