Making sense of the 60's with Professor Stephen Aiello
So much of what has been passed down from the 1960s is about style: the posters, the music, the attire.
In other words, pop culture. This discussion will hinge not so much on what these trends were, but rather why they happened. What was the world at that moment? Or before it? The 1950s laid the foundation for the 60s—a decade that epitomized the manifested rejection of the past. That rejection was coupled with a motivation to leap forward by creating a culture that was in full defiance of The Establishment.
Why did college students, for example, burn draft cards knowing well that it could result in a five-year prison sentence? How is that feeling of rebellion realized in Bob Dylan's song, "The Times They Are a-Changin’"?
What was the appeal of films like The Graduate and Easy Rider to American college students? Why did youth look the way they did, and why did it leave their parents in shock?
The focal point of “Making Sense of the Sixties” will center not on what 60s culture was to college-aged people, but why they created it.
- Wednesday, March 21, 2018
- 1:30am - 3:00pm
- Library Event Room
- Lynn University
- Lecture Series