Overcoming Apathy: Anti-Apartheid Activism at SUNY Brockport with Dr. Angela Thompsell

OEDI Lunch & Learn Series @ Seymour Union Room 220, 27 October 2023, 12:20-1:10pm.

Dr. Angela Thompsell, Department of History, SUNY Brockport. Photo: Matthew Yeoman.

Please welcome Dr. Angela Thompsell, Associate Professor of History as she discusses the topic “Overcoming Apathy: Anti-Apartheid Activism at SUNY Brockport.”

Anti-Apartheid protests gained prominence at large universities in the United States in the 1980s, but there were no protests at SUNY Brockport. Here, people bemoaned students’ apathy, yet in 1987 our campus became one of the first in the country to award Nelson Mandela an honorary degree. A few years later, student efforts funded three full scholarships for black South African students. The story of these largely forgotten chapters of our campus history illustrate two very different ways students can overcome apathy and achieve their goals. Even a relatively small number of committed activists can make a real impact in their community, but that work can also come at significant personal cost.

To register and for more information, visit https://today.brockport.edu/calendar/event/18574-oedi-lunch-learn-series-overcoming-apathy.

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