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AADL Talks To: Rick Ayers, Former U-M Student Activist and Member of the SDS and Weather Underground

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Rick Ayers

In this episode, AADL Talks To Rick Ayers. Rick is faculty emeritus at the University of San Francisco where he was an associate professor of education focusing on English language arts and teacher education. In the late 1960s, Rick followed his older brothers to the University of Michigan and was soon radicalized by the civil rights and anti-war movements, participating in protests and demonstrations with the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Weather Underground. Rick traces his fascinating journey as a draft dodger working with deserters in Canada through his decision to enlist in the U.S. Army where he would eventually go AWOL and live as a fugitive for seven years. Rick also shares his memories of the vibrant campus film culture and the people -- including girlfriend Gilda Radner -- who shaped his student experience at the university, and he reflects on the legacy of the 1960s protests in light of today’s political environment.

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AADL Talks To: Pat Oleszko, Performance Artist and Queen of the Ann Arbor Film Festival

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Pat Oleszko, circa 1971 and March 2024

In this episode AADL Talks to Pat Oleszko, visual and performance artist and Queen of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Pat came to the University to study art in the late 1960s just as the program was experiencing a countercultural renaissance. She talks with us about her journey as an artist, from the vibrant experimental and collaborative arts community that welcomed her, to the institutions and events like the ONCE Group, the city's film festivals, and the Ozone Parade that shaped her and that she helped shape in turn. Pat also recalls some favorite performances and clashes with both feminists and law enforcement as she charted her inimitable career.

Once Again 1965, September 17-19, 1965

Once Again 1965, September 17-19, 1965 image
Month
September
Year
1965

Building the "ONCE AGAIN" 1965 Festival set, September 1965 Photographer: Doug Fulton

Building the "ONCE AGAIN" 1965 Festival set, September 1965 image
Year:
1965
Published In:
Ann Arbor News, September 16, 1965
Caption:
Dramatizing Music Atop City Carport Ann Arbor architects Harold Borkin and Joseph Wehrer have designed a many-splendored sham atop the Maynard Street Parking Structure to backstop the three experimental concerts of the ONCE AGAIN 1965 Festival this weekend. Shown working on the complex structure are Dramatic Arts Center members (left to right, top) Gordon Mumma and Borkin, (center) Milton Cohen and George Cravashay, (bottom) Wehrer and Ann Wehrer, and (on stairs) Larry Leitch. The series of panels, stages, and levels will be articulated in dozens of combinations to accommodate mosaic projections of light and motion pictures, scenic effects and performers. The three ONCE AGAIN concerts, sponsored by the DAC, are to be presented at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $1.50, or $4 for the series.