Charles Euchner Talk - The March Goes On

What lessons does the 1963 March on Washington offer to these perilous times? 

The March on Washington talk explores vital questions for today’s period of conflict and division. Columbia University Adjunct Professor, Charles Euchner, author of Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington, will explore the lessons.


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Professor Euchner's talk, illustrated with clips from the March, asks:

  • What are the elements of effective protest and dissent—and what makes a movement fall apart?
  • How can activists expand and revitalize the “vital center” rather than exacerbate the politics of extremism?
  • How did the civil rights movement spawn other movements (like the antiwar movement, feminism, gay rights, environmentalism, and more) - and how have those movements succeeded and failed, and why?
  • How did the civil rights movement create a new “founding” for the nation—and do we now need new reconstitution of the American experiment today?
About Charles Euchner


Professor Charles Euchner is an author, teacher, and coach in New Haven. He has written books on cities (Urban Policy Reconsidered and Playing the Field), protest and dissent (Nobody Turn Me Around and Extraordinary Politics), the presidency (the forthcoming The Last Great Debate), and sports (The Last Nine Innings). He is also author of a series of books on writing, including The Elements of Writing.

In addition to teaching writing at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Euchner coaches authors, ghostwrites books, and works with companies to improve their efficiency and creativity with better writing. He is the creator of The Elements of Writing (, the only brainbased system for mastering writing in all fields.

A former city planner in Boston, Euchner was the founding director of the Rappaport Institute at Harvard University. He has also taught at Holy Cross College, the University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, and SUNY-Purchase.

Education: B.A. at Vanderbilt University, M.A. and Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University.

He can be reached at 203-645-6112, [email protected], and


October 22, 2020 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Zoom Video Conference


Ben Nneji, President, Columbia University Club of Fairfield County

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