Splendor and Wisdom – The Reverend William Sloane Coffin, Jr. & the Yale Class of 1968


“Permanent Chaplain” Degree Award Ceremony:
Dean Richard Broadhead
& Tim Weiskel

Full video from:TromaMovies


Published on May 11, 2012

Directed by Lloyd Kaufman (2008)
Starring George Bush, George W. Bush, Patricia Kaufman

Historians agree 1968 was a watershed year and so it was particularly fitting that the Yale Class of 68 invited William Sloane Coffin Jr. to their 35th reunion to give what would be his final speech. No one shared more in the actions and passions of his era then William Sloane Coffin Jr., a hero for civil rights, peace and activism. In this intimate portrait, director Lloyd Kaufman, (Yale Class of 68, director of The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist) takes us into the mind of William Sloane Coffin Jr., a legendary clergyman who received international acclaim for his antiwar speeches and messages of international peace.

This rare and vital documentary intercuts fascinating footage of the Class of 68 with President George W. Bush (Yale 68) at the White House as well as profound and moving comments and reminiscences by prominent members of the Yale class of 68 .Splendor and Wisdom has been called “…a powerful and compelling film that captures Bill Coffin’s genius and humanity for posterity” by Mr. Richard C. Levin, president of Yale University and offers a glimpse into a truly gifted mind.

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It is, perhaps, worth remembering that the Yale Class of 1968 was part of a larger phenomena of the “Class of 1968” on a national and international stage, and that we are approaching the 50th anniversary of these collectively experienced events.  See:

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