“In our time all it takes for evil to flourish is for a few good men to be a little wrong and have a great deal of power, and for the vast majority of their fellow citizens to remain indifferent.” -William Sloane Coffin Jr.
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 than 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 and 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.
Splendor and Wisdom is presented as a 325.3 MB MPEG-4 file (.mp4)