Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s


Area residents are encouraged to take a step back in time and experience “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.” Booth Library will sponsor this exhibit and program series looking at what is arguably one of the most turbulent and eventful decades of the 20th century.

“’Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s’ is the latest event in our ongoing mission to engage the local community in thinking collectively on a selected theme,” said Allen Lanham, dean of library services. “The subject of the 1960s was chosen at this time because we are currently in the 50-year anniversary decade of that eventful era. We hope to provide an in-depth look at the major issues and accomplishments of that time not only as a lesson in history, but in order to reflect on how these events still affect us today.”

The series kicked off with an opening Sept. 9 in the library’s West Reading Room and will continue through Nov. 20. The opening featured a keynote address by Edmund Wehrle, professor of history, titled “’No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings’: John F. Kennedy and the Spirit of the 1960s.”

The program series will continue with a look at early ‘60s music during “The Spirit of Motown,” a free program that will be presented at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium, EIU. Illinois Humanities Council speaker Jose Sandoval will present the music and story behind Motown records and the city of Detroit, known as Motown U.S.A.

An Extravaganza of 1960s Fashion, Music and Dance will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite 1960s personalities, watch a runway fashion show accompanied by popular music of the decade and participate in a ‘60s dance lesson.

The program series includes a full schedule of lectures, film screenings, musical performances and panel discussions on a variety of topics that look at the achievements, tragedies, triumphs, extraordinary personalities, and everyday lives of average people in the 1960s. Many of Eastern’s faculty and students will be featured speakers and presenters.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the program website at All events are free and open to the public.

In addition to programming, Booth Library is filled with exhibits exploring numerous aspects of this fascinating decade as Americans experienced it — including developments in the worlds of music, literature, visual arts, science and technology, politics, and social movements.

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