Public Broadcast Laboratory; 222; University in Society: Do the Ties Bind?
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- Months before the recent sit-in at Stanford University, Public Broadcast Laboratory had picked "the Harvard of the West" as a microcosm of the agony of the American university. Through the winter two PBL camera crews were filming on the Palo Alto campus. What PBL found at Stanford is seen in color on the NET network. The broadcast, "University in Society: Do the Ties Bind?" is in two parts. The first, "Reform before Revolution," filmed by PBL producer Fred Wardenburg, traces efforts of the Stanford administration and faculty to adapt to changing conditions and to give students a larger role in determining their program of studies. The second part, "Fathers and Sons," filmed by PBL producer Don Lenzer, follows members of the Stanford chapter of Student for a Democratic Society as they prepare a challenge to the university. "Reform before Revolution" follows efforts of the Stanford administration to keep lines open to Federal funds. Wardenburg's film shows Stanford president Kenneth Pitzer conferring with congressmen about funding. The film shows deliberations of a special committee set up by the Stanford administration to keep student confrontations within some bounds. In the film Stanford administrators comment on applications of a recently completed three year study of education at Stanford. The study may be one of the most comprehensive university self-reform programs yet undertaken. "Fathers and Sons" follows members of the Stanford Chapter of Students for a Democratic Society as they prepare a challenge to the university. Lenzer filmed war councils of SDS members meeting in "collectives" - small sub-groups or cells - and deliberating over what tactics to adopt and what goals to pursue. The film shows the Stanford radicals demonstrating at nearby San Francisco State College. Later the SDS members are seen in an encounter with Stanford president Pitzer. The film follows young radical on an outing to Big Sur., larking on the shore. Throughout, Lenzer's film focuses on the manners and the lifestyles of Stanford's radicals, many of whom are heirs of the corporate elite. Finally, "Fathers and Sons" follows the students as they stage a confrontation during a trustees' meeting, first occupying a board room and later challenging the meeting with demands hollered through bullhorns. (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche)
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Producer: Wardenburg, Fred
Producer: Lezner, Don
Producing Organization: National Educational Television and Radio Center
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- Chicago: “Public Broadcast Laboratory; 222; University in Society: Do the Ties Bind?,” 1969-04-27, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed March 4, 2021, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-516-g44hm53h63.
- MLA: “Public Broadcast Laboratory; 222; University in Society: Do the Ties Bind?.” 1969-04-27. American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. March 4, 2021. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-516-g44hm53h63>.
- APA: Public Broadcast Laboratory; 222; University in Society: Do the Ties Bind?. Boston, MA: American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-516-g44hm53h63