CJS Oct. 25 lecture on “Two Red Diaper Babies”

The second lecture in the College of Jewish Studies fall 2018 program will be on Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 pm, when Dick and Mickey Flacks will talk about their memoir, “Making History/Making Blintzes: How Two Red Diaper Babies Found Each Other and Discovered America.” 
As veteran social justice scholar-activists, they will discuss how their lifelong commitment to making history through social activism can best be understood in the context of their family history – of growing up Jewish “red diaper babies” (children of communists) in 1950s New York City, using folk music as self-expression in the 1960s, and of making blintzes for their own family through the 1970s and 1980s. As two of the founders of Students for a Democratic Society, active members of the Civil Rights movement and the anti-Vietnam War movement in the 1960s, and leaders in today’s social movements, Dick and Mickey will provide a first-hand account of progressive American activism from the 1960s to the present. The children of immigrants and first-generation Jews, Dick and Mickey met in the late 1950s when they were both camp counselors at Camp Kinderland, the oldest of the communist-initiated children’s camps in the Unites States. Founded in 1923 by Jewish Marxists, Camp Kinderland was established to instill socialist values in the children and to nurture instruction in Yiddish culture and language. Increasingly questioning and eventually breaking from the politics of their parents and the Old Left, together they crafted their own religious identity as secular Jews, created a “critical space” for American progressive activism through SDS, and, ultimately, found themselves raising an “American” Jewish family.
Dick is professor of sociology, emeritus, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author and editor of many books, including “Cultural Politics and Social Movements” (co-editor, 1995), “Beyond the Barricades: The ‘60s Generation Grows Up” (1989), “Making History: The American Left and the American Mind” (1988), “The Port Huron Statement: Sources and Legacies of the New Left’s Founding Manifesto” (co-editor, 2015) and many scholarly articles on social movements, left culture and strategy. His weekly radio program, “Culture of Protest,” can be heard at kcsb.org.
Mickey worked as a researcher in biology at the University of Michigan and University of California, Santa Barbara, as an administrator of survey research projects for the University of Michigan Survey Research Center, as editor of the Environmental Periodicals Bibliography, and as a freelance Yiddish translator. She’s co-editor of “Children of a Vanished World.”
College of Jewish Studies programs begin at 7:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center and are open to the entire community; general admission is $8 per lecture or $14 for both lectures in the fall 2018 program and senior admission is $5 per lecture or $8 for both lectures. BU students are welcome to attend free of charge. Individual sponsorship is available and donations are always welcomed. Individual sponsorship of $100 includes admission to both fall and spring programs. For more information on how to become an individual sponsor or to make a donation, e-mail bingcjs@gmail.com. The College of Jewish Studies is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization.
The College of Jewish Studies provides opportunities for adult Jewish education for the Broome County community by offering fall and spring programs. Drawing on local resources, and inviting scholars and experts from a range of universities and cultural and religious institutions, CJS sponsors a wide array of programs dealing with Jewish history, culture, religion and politics.
The College of Jewish Studies, founded in 1986, is an informal coalition between the Judaic Studies Department of Binghamton University and several area Jewish sponsoring institutions: the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, Beth David Synagogue, Temple Concord and Temple Israel. Programming for CJS would not be possible without the support of a grant from The Community Foundation for South Central New York-David and Virginia Eisenberg Donor Advised Fund, and additional financial support from the Jacob and Rose Olum Foundation, the B’nai B’rith Lectureship Fund, the Victor and Esther Rozen Foundation, an endowment fund from the former Temple Beth El of Endicott, a grant from the JoyVel Charitable Fund, and the donations of individual sponsors.
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