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The 60s: Righteous, Misguided or Misunderstood?

Story posted February 15, 1999

Feb. 8, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin is hosting a community forum from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 11 in Druckenmiller Atrium for interested people to critique the mini-series "The 60s," which will air on NBC on Feb. 7 and 8. While likely to be problematic in a number of ways, this presents an opportunity to generate discussion at Bowdoin College and beyond about a range of issues: social change, organizing, the current state of participatory political movements and democratic processes, and similarities/differences in campus cultures between 1969 and 1999.

It also will provide a venue to discuss ways in which young people in the 1990s understand the movements of the 1960s. Does the mini-series romanticize or demonize the period (or both)? Are there lessons to be learned from the political and cultural work of this period which might benefit all of us today? How have the movements of the 1960s changed over the past 30 years, and what implications do these changes have for American democracy?

The evening's program will begin with brief presentations from Bowdoin faculty and students, and then open up into a public forum on these issues.

The event is free, open to the public, and sponsored by Bowdoin's Education Department. For additional information contact Eric Rofes at or 725-3791.

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