Date/Time: 15/10/2008 12:00 am
READING GROUP: Flying Close to the Sun
“On the morning of March 6, 1970, in the subbasement of 18 West 11th Street in
Greenwich Village, a piece of ordinary water pipe, filled with dynamite, nails, and an electric blasting cap, ignited by mistake…”
As a college student in the 1960s, Cathy Wilkerson became involved with the civil rights movement, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Weathermen: a “fighting, anti-imperialist youth movement.” Having survived the explosion of a New York City townhouse where she and four other Weathermen were building bombs, she moved underground. Having since surfaced, Wilkerson has worked as a mathematics educator in New York City schools for the past twenty years.
This election season, Studio-X will host a month-long reading and discussion group of Cathy Wilkerson’s memoir Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman. Three sessions will be devoted to exploring Wilkerson’s work, which, according to the New York Times, “unsparingly maps the idealism, fanaticism, moral absolutism and personal passions that carried her to the townhouse [explosion].” In the fourth and final session, Cathy Wilkerson will join us at Studio-X.
Monday, 11/10, with Cathy Wilkerson
Because space is limited for this group, readers are asked to commit to attending all four sessions. Registration is required: gdb2106 (the at sign) columbia (dot) edu
180 Varick Street, Suite 1610
New York, NY 10014
Studio-X is a downtown studio run by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University.