Among other events, this year’s UCSB All-Gaucho Reunion invites alumni, faculty, staff, students, and community members for presentations that commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Isla Vista uprisings.
On Saturday, April 24th, in UCSB’s Theater and Dance Building, Room 1701, the UCSB Alumni Association, Magic Lantern Films, and KCSB will host “Reflecting on Rebellion: Isla Vista 40 Years Later,” a free program of films, panelists, and a reception mixer focusing on the I.V. riots and the Bank of America burning 40 years later.
The proceedings start at 3pm with a rare screening of two short films, Peter Biskind’s 1970 documentary “Don’t Bank on Amerika” and Alex Berk’s late-’80s retrospective “Beyond the Barricades,” about the later years of Isla Vista’s “sixties” generation. At 4pm, UCSB Professor Richard Flacks will moderate a panel of key participants and observers from 1970, including former student-leader James Gregory, former El Gaucho editor and News & Review founder Becca Wilson, and photographer Gregory Desilet, whose new book Burning Banks and Roasting Marshmallows is a fictionalized narrative of the uprisings.
After a late afternoon reception, at 6:30pm there will be a free screening of William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, Emily and Sarah Kunstler’s acclaimed documentary about their radical attorney father, a man some blamed for inciting the torching of the bank.