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Jody Richards Hall Gallery Exhibit
WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting will commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of America’s most historically significant years this fall with WKU Project 68.
“Reflections: WKU Project 68” an exhibition of images that capture the spirit of campus life at WKU in 1968, will be on display Aug. 27-Nov. 27 in the Jody Richards Hall Atrium. The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.
WKU Project 68 will include a series of teach-ins led by WKU faculty focusing on 1968.
For information about WKU Project 68, contact Mac McKerral at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Rising Voices in Citizen Talk and Song” This teach-in merges music from 1968 with the voices of Americans from throughout the country in that year. Monday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Jody Richards Hall Auditorium Teach-in leaders: Dr. Jennifer A. Walton-Hanley, associate professor, History Department and Dr. Trini G. Stickle, pedagogical assistant professor, English Department
Pivot Point: Election ’68: An in-depth examination of an election in a time of tumult that forever changed the way people run for and win the American presidency. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium Teach-in leaders: Dr. Rich Shumate, assistant professor, School of journalism & Broadcasting; Dr. Scott Lasley, head, Political Science Department; and Dr. Anthony Harkins, professor, History Department
Fear of a Nuclear Age: With the Cold War going full tilt, 1968 was a time when most people were ready to believe that humans would cause their own demise through nuclear war. Just as worrisome was the potential for nuclear power plants to fail and send radioactive clouds across populated areas. Monday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Jody Richards Hall Auditorium Teach-in leader: Dr. Richard Gelderman, professor, Physics and Astronomy Department
The “pro-drugs, pro-love, pro-sex, anti-establishment” musical Hair was very successful – and very contentious. Come find out more about the various controversies that swirled around the show in its initial incarnation, including a legal challenge that went all the way to the Supreme Court. We’ll also discuss the underlying themes of the show: the ways they connect to the specifics of their moment in 1968, and how they continue to resonate now. The teach-in is Monday, Nov. 12, from 6 -7:30 p.m. in FAC 137. The teach-in is free and open to the public, and a “swipeable” event.
Earth to Moon: The Astounding Voyage of Apollo 8: The revised scope for Apollo 8 was announced on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1968, — less than six weeks before launch. How did NASA pull it off? This is “rocket science.” Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Jody Richards Hall Auditorium Teach-in leader: Dr. Gordon Emslie, professor, Physics and Astronomy Department (NASA.gov)
High-Schoolers Head to the Supreme Court: High-schoolers John and Mary Beth Tinker, and Chris Eckhardt turned the heads of school administrators when in 1965 they wore black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War. The court battles they waged through 1968 resulted in the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in 1969 that students in public schools do have First Amendment rights. Mary Beth tells the story of Tinker v. Des Moines. Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., Downing Student Union 3005 Teach-in leader: Mary Beth Tinker
Cinema and Social Justice — from 1968 to the Present: As part of the CCSJ Social Justice Lecture Series and WKU Project 68, this teach-in examines the ways films mobilized social movements in the 1960s and 1970s by looking at key examples of radical filmmaking from Latin America, Europe and the United States. Monday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m., Downing Student Union Room 2113. Teach-in leader: Dr. Marla K. Zubel, assistant professor, English Department
Zombies take over Hollywood: a screening of “The Night of the Living Dead”: George A. Romero’s first film set the gold standard for zombie films, and its documentary-like videography and realistic gore are ensconced in themes of race, power and privilege. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. (Location TBD) Teach-in leader: Luke Pennington, assistant professor of film, School of Journalism & Broadcasting