John Marciano is Professor Emeritus, SUNY Cortland. His American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration? (Monthly Review Press) will be released in July.
John Marciano attended the first SDS March against the American War in Vietnam on April 17, 1965—and was a founding member of the SDS chapter at SUNY Buffalo.
Professor Emeritus at SUNY Cortland, he has written a number of books and chapters dealing with the American War in Vietnam: Teaching the Vietnam Warwith Willliam L. Griffen, Foreword by Howard Zinn, 1979; Civic Illiteracy and Education, 1997 (with an endorsement by Noam Chomsky); “Civic Literacy at Its Best: The ‘Democratic Distemper’ of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS),” in Defending Public Schools, 2004; “Civic Illiteracy and American History Textbooks: The U.S.-Vietnam War,” in Critical Civic Literacy: A Reader; and The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration?, forthcoming, Monthly Review Press, July 2016.
From 2004 through 2008, he taught community courses for adults in Santa Monica, CA on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Empire as a Way of Life, based on the work of William Appleman Williams.
He was chair of the Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY) Human Rights Commission (1991-96). A longtime unionist, he is a member of United University Professions (UUP) of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Local 2190; and the National Writers Union (NWU/UAW) Local 1981. He was a founding member, Central New York Chapter, Labor Party, 1996.