1968 - The World Tilts: A Saturday Symposium

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday, October 20  |  10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

UD Downtown Center | 13 E 8th St. (8th and King Streets), Wilmington, DE 19801

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of a year that changed our world. Join the College of Arts & Sciences on October 20 as we reflect on some of the events of that tumultuous year, the seismic cultural and political changes that made them possible, and the reverberations we feel to this day. Whether you remember 1968 personally or not, join us to hear and discuss these stimulating talks by UD faculty and alums.

Youth Activism in Wilmington, 1968
Simone Austin, MA History, University of Delaware
Wilmington was occupied by the National Guard for a record nine months after the unrest following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. This talk will focus on the role that youth, including University of Delaware and Delaware State University students, played leading up to the occupation of Wilmington. It will consider the grassroots efforts of the organization of the Wilmington Youth Emergency Action Council, while also connecting to a larger national movement of the Students for a Democratic Society.

1968 and the Media
Jason Hill, PhD, Assistant Professor and Associate Chair, Art History, University of Delaware
This talk will discuss LIFE magazine's reporting on Martin Luther King's assassination and the wider context of the media coverage of the assassination and its immediate aftermath.

Seeds of Sports Activism: The Black Power Salute at the 1968 Olympics
Drew Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, University of Delaware
Dr. Brown will speak on the legacy—and the cost—of sports activism, beginning with the historic moment when Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists on the Olympic medal platform in Mexico City.

The Music Scene
David Suisman, Associate Professor, History, and Coordinator, Hagley Program in the History of Capitalism, Technology, and Culture, University of Delaware
Dr. Suisman, an expert in the history of the music industry will explore the atmosphere and background of the year that produced the Beatles’ White Album and Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland and saw Led Zeppelin perform for the first time.

Lunch is included.

Getting There: Many DART buses stop at the corner of 8th and King Streets at the UD Downtown Center. The following lines serve that stop: Rts. 13, 16, 18, 20, 25, 31, 38, 45, 301. Covered parking is available under the Doubletree Hotel diagonally across King Street from the UD Downtown Center.

Cost: $25 per person; $10 for Delaware teachers; $10 for students

Refund & registration deadline: 4 p.m. on October 15

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