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1968: A Closer Look at Its Impact

Panel Discussion

Pictured: Hispanic march protesting Vietnam War on 6th Avenue in downtown Tucson, April 1971, from AZ 505 Photographs of David Lee Guss

International and national issues hit home hard in 1968. The war in Vietnam escalated, the draft was in full swing and many cities and college campuses felt the political and racial tensions rising. Join us for a panel discussion with activists, teachers, musicians and writers who remember 1968 and explore topics including the arts, the conflicts and everyday life. Learn about the impact that Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness—Edward Abbey’s autobiographical work published in 1968—had on this country and the broader world. Hear stories about what life was like in Tucson for women and people of color during this pivotal year. Remember some of the popular protest music with local troubadour Ted Warmbrand.

Guadalupe Castillo, retired educator and community organizer
Gregory McNamee, author and adjunct lecturer, Eller School of Management
Ted Warmbrand, folksinger and storyteller
Barbea Williams, artistic director, Barbea Williams Performing Company and adjunct faculty, UA School of Dance

Free and open to the public. Questions or requests regarding disability-related accommodations should be directed to Kathy McCarthy.

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