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1968: From the My Lai Massacre to Yellow Submarine

A presentation by Tom Miller, author and travel writer

Where were you—or your parents—50 years ago? Many people took part in the anti-Vietnam war movement, hoping to bring pressure on the government to pull out of Vietnam through underground presses and demonstrations. According to Tom Miller, the critically acclaimed writer and author of Cuba, Hot and Cold and The Panama Hat Trail, the underground press was a “joyously sloppy endeavor made up of people who knew little about journalism but had strong feelings about the war and the cultural life it spawned.” Miller, who witnessed the violence surrounding the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention in the aftermath of the Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinations, will present a talk about his activities in the underground press and how the rest of the country reacted to the anti-war movement. In 2002, the University of Arizona Special Collections acquired Tom Miller’s archives, and some materials from this collection will be included in the 1968 in America exhibit.

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

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