Marlboro College


MARLBORO, VT - (March 23, 2010) - Marlboro College students and faculty will honor the author and political activist Howard Zinn with an afternoon and evening of activities in the Whittemore Theater, beginning at 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 3.

Howard Zinn, who passed away on January 27, 2010, was a leader of civil rights and anti-war activism as well as the author of more than 20 books, including The People's History of the United States. A friend of film studies professor Jay Craven, Zinn visited Marlboro College in 2004 to deliver a guest lecture.

The afternoon program will begin at 3:00 pm with a screening of Deb Ellis' 2004 documentary, Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, which traces his life and times through archival footage, and commentaries by Zinn and his friends and colleagues. At 4:30 pm, Sociology professor Jerry Levy will perform, Marx in Soho, a one-man play written by Howard Zinn in 1999 that imagines Karl Marx commenting on his philosophies and how they relate to the modern world.

The evening program begins at 7:00 pm, when junior Branden Grant directs fellow Marlboro College students in a live production of The People Speak, the documentary that aired last year on The History Channel and featured dramatic readings by Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Maris Tomei, Kerry Washington and Danny Glover, among others.  Following that, Jay Craven will remember Zinn as professor and mentor, showing clips from his 2004 lecture at Marlboro College and inviting comments from the audience.

Admission to this event is free, although donations will be welcome. Community members wishing to attend both the afternoon and evening sessions can purchase dinner in the Marlboro College Dining Hall starting at 5:45pm. Images are available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.





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