From Sit-ins to Soup Kitchens:

A Different Kind of Activism
FOR RELEASE
1998-05-04

Huntington, Ind.— Dr. Norris Friesen will present Huntington College's annual faculty lecture tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Merillat Centre for the Arts. His presentation is the last in this year's Forester Lecture Series. Friesen will address the role of student activism in influencing American society.

"Over the last thirty years, there has been a major shift in college student attitudes and behavior," says Friesen. "My lecture will examine these shifts and specifically look at how students have used their position to influence society. Students of the 1960s used public demonstrations to protest issues like the war in Vietnam and civil rights. Students of the 1990s have adopted a different strategy. They feel limited with regard to what they can do to change global issues, but very committed to helping at the local level."

"This shift has been most evident in the increased interest in student volunteerism," explains Friesen. "But what do students get from volunteering and why do they feel so committed to volunteering? The second part of my lecture will examine what is happening at Huntington College with regard to this issue and how it is making a difference."

Each year, more than 10,000 hours of community service are contributed by Huntington College students through the school's Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service. The Center has been cited as an "exemplary program" in the prestigious John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character-Building Colleges.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Professor Jack Barlow, Sr. at (260) 359-4243.


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