1970: LOOKING BACK ON HALF A CENTURY

Showtimes
THURSDAYS, MARCH 12 – APRIL 23, 3:00PM – 5:00PM | TUITION: $160

When did the 60s end? Some look to 1968, when the assassinations of MLK and RFK ended hopes of electoral change, the Tet Offensive convinced most Americans the war was unwinnable, and riots from Chicago to Paris contributed to the election of Richard Nixon as the voice for the “silent majority.” Others look to the fall of Saigon, Watergate, and the emergence of the “me generation” in the mid-70s as the end of a revolutionary era when changing the world seemed possible. 1970 saw the continuation of the antiwar, environmental, and women’s movements, and the strengthening of the conservative backlash that would roll back civil rights and other 60s reforms. This six-week two-hour class will explore 1970 as a pivotal year for these developments:

  • Days of Future Past will focus on the futures that were imagined a generation ago.
  • How We Think Now will consider how the early 70s emergence of the dynamic access memory chip, floppy disk, ethernet, and personal computer changed how we think and communicate.
  • Sexual Politics will use Kate Millett’s 1970 book as a pivotal text for reflecting upon the evolution of the politics of everyday life and the connected consciousness of our times.
  • The Changing Face of America will review the demographic shifts that have transformed America and energized white resentment since the rollback of civil rights reforms in the 1970s.
  • What Should We Have Learned from Viet Nam will examine how America’s overreach and failure to learn multilateral thinking foreshadowed recent U.S. military occupations.
  • Can we evolve fast enough to avoid extinction will explore the evolution of the ecological consciousness of the generations born since the first Earth Day in 1970.

These discussions will help us look back on a half a century that has transformed how we think, communicate, and connect with each other and the world.

Please note that there is no class meeting on Thursday, March 26.

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.