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A college-wide project bringing together Penn State students, faculty & alumni to explore what it means to live through historic and contemporary times of change.

Moments of Change: Remembering ’68

THEME

The college team will commemorate this significant anniversary with a slate of events that are rooted in this critical period, so as to reflect on the moment itself as well as on the kind of profound change the moment exemplifies. To develop the theme, we will host panel discussions, movie nights, lectures, and more with an eye to understanding what happened here at Penn State, nationally, and internationally.

COURSE

In order to integrate our seminar theme with the classroom experience, the history department will host a Liberal Arts “Edge Seminar” on the subject of 1968 in the spring of 2018 with the goal of creating a permanent course so our students can understand this remarkable time that still influences us today. Like all Edge Seminars, this seminar will be aimed at providing our students with the sort of multidimensional, broadly edifying experience that marks the best of a liberal arts education, combining interdisciplinary education, co-curricular activities, and engagement with our vast alumni network.

Understanding the '68 Project

Associate Dean Paul C. Taylor & History Department Head Michael Kulikowski discuss the Moments of Change: Remembering '68 student engagement project.

'68 Perspectives

Lisa Ramadas

Lisa Ramadass
'66

First Poverty Adviser

Rod Woodson

Rod Woodson
'69

First Black Union President

Kay Salvino

Kay Salvino
'69

Individual and Family Studies

Dick Hayes

Dick Hayes
'68

Political Science

Dan Clements

Dan Clements
'68

Political Science

Doug Bradley

John Knorr
'72

Political Science & History

Doug Bradley

Doug Bradley

Pennsylvania Native
Author of We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

Howard Davidson

Howard Davidson
'69

Students for a Democratic Society

Ernie Janssen

Ernie Janssen
'65

History

Michael Rosenblatt

Michael Rosenblatt
'68

Psychology

Bruce Miller

Bruce Miller
'71

Political Science

Shared Experiences

Lisa Ramadass '66 and Rod Woodson '69 share the African American experience at Penn State including the experience of Martin Luther King Junior's assassination.

'68 Olympics

The College of the Liberal Arts and the History Department brought Olympic gold medalists Tommie Smith and Wyomia Tyus and noted sociologist and civil rights activist Dr. Harry Edwards to participate in the panel discussion titled “Sports Protest and Politics: Reflections on the 1968 Olympics." The event was held at the Greg Sutliff Auditorium located in the Lewis Katz Building.

The panelists also sat down with some of our professors for individual conversations.

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Digging Deeper: Moments of Change - Remembering ’68

In this episode of "Digging Deeper" Penn State President Eric Barron discusses “Moments of Change: Remembering ’68,” an edge seminar from the College of the Liberal Arts.

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The Daily Collegian

Discover 1968 as it unfolded in the headlines of the Daily Collegian. From war, to the civil rights movement, to everyday campus news, the Collegian archives this important moment in our history from a Penn State perspective.

Explore the 1968 Collegian Archive

The Struggle for Penn State

This historic documentary by Penn State television explores student activism on campus beginning in the fall of 1968 and coming to a head in 1969 with the banning of a controversial student publication.

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