Dr. David W. McFadden
Professor of History
o: Canisius Hall Rm 318
40 years later, Woodstock still arouses our curiosity
"I think it's become more important (over time)," said David W. McFadden, chairman of the history department at Fairfield University. His reasons are many, including the documentary that tells the story of Woodstock and has exposed the event to new generations; the music heard at the festival that remains popular; the iconic figures involved; the youth movement and cultural changes; and the protest movement against the war in Vietnam, which continued to build after Woodstock. "There is a lot of wanting to get back to that idealistic time. Anniversaries do that, but especially this kind of an anniversary." Martha S. LoMonaco is a professor of theater at Fairfield University and teaches, along with McFadden, the course "Examining the '60s: History, Art and Legacy." "The most important legacy of Woodstock is brilliantly captured by Joni Mitchell (in her song 'Woodstock')," she said. "It was the spirit that we truly can overcome it all if we work together, if we move away from the constraints of the military industrial complex. If we really pull together as a people and we really do go back to the land."
Published in Stamford Advocate, Norwalk Advocate, Greenwich Time, Danbury News Times on 8/17/09
The new, resurgent Russia
David McFadden, Ph.D.: "Saakashvili really informed the United States about the invasion after it occurred, assuming that the United States would be there and NATO would be there, so I think it was a great miscalculation on his part."
Broadcast on WNPR/WVOF - Where We Live with John Dankosky on 8/18/08
Georgia warfare hits home across region
But none of this is beyond David McFadden, Fairfield University's director of Russian and East European studies. "I think the major reason it happened now is because the focus of the world is on Beijing," said McFadden. "Both Saakashvili and (Russian Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin saw this as an opportunity to restore frozen conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which have been percolating since 1990."
Published in the Connecticut Post