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Cast of Characters (alphabetical by last name)
Following the upheaval of the 1968 protests and the resignation of President Grayson Kirk, Andrew W. Cordier, a former United Nations diplomat and dean of the School of International Affairs, was appointed acting president August 23, 1968. In August of 1969 he agreed to stay on as President for an additional year or until a new president could be found. Following the appointment of William J. McGill in 1970 as his successor Cordier continued to act as Dean of the School of International Affairs, a post he held throughout his tenure as president.
Columbia College sophomore and SDS steering committee member during the protests. At the time, he was in charge of the SDS’s draft resistance efforts.
Vice-chairman of SDS and a Columbia College sophomore at the time of the protests.
The Founder of the SDS, at the University of Michigan, and one of the authors of the Port Huron Statement.
Phil Ochs was a popular American singer-songwriter who focused on protests and political issues. He performed at Columbia several times during the 1960s.
Dr. David Truman was the Vice President of the university from 1967-1969. He had formerly served as a Dean of Columbia college from 1962-1967, and before that served as a Professor of Government from 1951-1962. He instituted small, liberal reforms throughout campus, and was known for supporting many of the causes about which many of the students were passionate. By the end of 1968, however, many students regarded him as a stooge of President Kirk. In 1969, he left Columbia to become to president of Mount Holyoke College.
Dr. Immanuel Wallerstein was a Professor of Sociology at Columbia from 1958 to 1971. He was a member of the Ad Hoc Faculty Group (AHFG) and co-drafted the “Bitter Pill Resolutions" with Professor Alan Westin.