VRA Lecture on The Philippines Project: The Goddard-Cambridge School and Philippine Studies During The Marcos Period


February 23, 2016


The Institute of Philippine Culture
School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

cordially invites you to a lecture on



 Mark Sanchez, PhD Cand.
Department of History
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Visiting Research Associate, Institute of Philippine Culture


Monday, 14 March 2016
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
IPC Conference Room (Rm. 203)
2/F Frank Lynch Hall, Social Development Complex
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City


During the early part of the 1970s, Filipino American anti-martial law activists traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to work towards Master’s degrees in Philippine Studies. Under the instruction of noted anti-imperialist and anti-Vietnam War activist Daniel Boone Schirmer, they studied at the Goddard-Cambridge School of Social Change, an experimental program which also offered degrees on Women’s Studies, Third World Studies, and U.S. Culture. Within their cohorts, students worked towards a melding of theory and practice. Together, they experimented with collective learning models and sought a foundational base of knowledge on the Philippines that would allow them and their communities to better carry out their anti-Marcos organizing from the United States. Throughout its brief existence, the Goddard-Cambridge School of Social Change faced a wide breadth of institutional challenges, ranging from funding issues, to conservative backlash, to tensions within their attempts to create a non-hierarchical (and yet institutionalized) space. While the program lasted briefly, this attempt to create a different kind of educational model can help us more fully understand the wide networks of anti-imperialist and anti-authoritarian activism of the period. Further, the history of such alternative educational models might offer possibilities for contemporary pedagogical and institutional orientations.

About the lecturer

Mark Sanchez is a PhD candidate in Modern U.S. History at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) and was previously a Summer Fellow at IPC. He is currently working on a research project on the transnational networks of anti-martial law activists. 

* For inquiries or confirmation of your attendance, please contact (+63 2) 426-6001 extension 4651 local 213, or email us at <ipc.soss@ateneo.edu>.