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UW-Madison's Stern draws parallels between current and historical student activism

May 10, 2018
UW-Madison's Walter Stern was quoted in a story from Wisconsin Public Television's WisContext addressing parallels between recent gun control student marches and historical examples of student activism. 

Walter Stern
Stern
Stern is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies. Student activism is a topic Stern is researching and exploring in his current course, "The History of Student Activism." Stern also recently published the new book, "Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960." 

In the WPT report, Stern specifically draws parallels between current gun control student marches and Selma marches during the civil rights-era. 

"The context and climate of Alabama in 1965, and the violence that participants in the march were subjected to, was quite different than today," Stern said in the article. "On the other hand there is a long history of young people being engaged in activism, often taking a stand when adults were unwilling or unable to act more forcefully, so historical analogies are justified."

Read the whole article at WisContext.

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