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Cornell Film Screening & Talk Back

The Cornell Black Alumni Association, Cornell in Hollywood and Diversity Alumni Programs invite you to attend a screening of Agents of Change, a film that examines the untold story of racial conditions on college campuses in the 1960s.  The filmmakers Abby Ginzberg ’71 and Frank Dawson ’72 will join us for a post screening discussion.

College and university campuses were the nucleus of much change in the 1960s.  This is an opportunity to learn more about the impetus of that change through many untold stories from varied perspectives.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the filmmakers as well.  Please join us!


Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  

From 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Screening at 7:30 p.m.



Paramount Pictures Studios

5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038

Registration: closed



Film Synopsis


From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960's. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history.

Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.


Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past--making it not just a movie but a movement.