Revolution, for Credit

As Solidarity Turns 30, Indiana U. Students Stage a Revolution 1

Mary Werden

Indiana U. students in "The Technology of Revolution" course crafted homemade printers and ink to produce leaflets and a newspaper. For authenticity, they worked in a basement of the Polish Studies Center and used typewriters, wrapping them in towels to hide the noise.

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Mary Werden

Indiana U. students in "The Technology of Revolution" course crafted homemade printers and ink to produce leaflets and a newspaper. For authenticity, they worked in a basement of the Polish Studies Center and used typewriters, wrapping them in towels to hide the noise.

This October, 13 students and I went underground. We weren't really making revolution or plotting an assault on anything. Our assignment was to recreate the practices of the political movements that brought down Communism in Eastern Europe. I thought I knew that story well, but even playing at clandestine opposition has changed my perspective. Revolution, it turns out, is hard.

Poland's Solidarity trade union, the key instigator in Communism's demise, was born 30 years ago. As the