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Schulze Speaker Series 2019-2020

Fall 2019

Claude Marks, Documentary film maker and activist, and Director of Freedom Archives

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Symbols of Resistance, A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chican@ Movement

Claude Marks, Activist, Archivist, Documentary film maker, Social Historian, and Director of Freedom Archives form San Francisco, California 

Symbols of Resistance, a documentary of the social history of Colorado and Northern New Mexico's Chican@ Movement.  

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • University of Northern Colorado, Campus Commons Multi-Purpose Room
    1051 22nd St., Greeley, CO  80639 
  • Documentary Showing: 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
  • Discussion: 7:45 - 8:30 p.m. 

Mr. Claude Marks is an activist, archivist, filmmaker, social historian, and Director of the Freedom Archives, located in San Francisco, California.  The Freedom Archives is an educational non-profit media archive, he oversees the preservation and dissemination of historical materials in diverse formats including, artifacts, print, audiovisual and digital artifacts about progressive movements and culture from the 1960s to the present.  

The Freedom Archives recently released the documentary Symbols of Resistance: A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chican@ Movement.  Symbols of Resistance looks at the history of the Chican@ Movement as it emerges in the 1970s, with a focus on events in Colorado and Northern New Mexico.  The documentary explores the struggle for land, the student movement, and community struggles against police repression.  

As the Director of the Freedom Archives, Mr. Marks has been leading its work since its establishment in 1999. He is a former political prisoner and lifelong activist.  He was a documentary producer, reporter and Production Director at KPFA-FM in Berkeley in the late 1960s and early 1970s and has produced hundreds of radio programs, recorded live music and events, and won awards for both audio and video documentary production. Earlier in his career, Mr. Marks worked at the Pacifica Radio Archives, gaining hands-on knowledge of library-related and archival procedures.   He produced or co-produced the weekly programs, "The Real Dragon" and "Nothing Is More Precious Than," has been involved in all of the CD and video productions of the Archives, and has continued his activism, especially in support of political prisoners.  More information about Freedom Archives can be found at, https://freedomarchives.org/

 Mr. Claude Marks, Director of Freedom Archives, San Francisco, California