Framingham State faculty will explore the 1968 events that had a major influence on shaping the historical, social, and cultural landscape of the decade 1962-1972, characterized the years of the Apollo program, and still have an impact on today’s world. The conversation will focus on the Vietnam War, social movements, visual arts, and education reforms.
Earthrise, a documentary film by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, tells the story of the iconic image of the Earth taken from space in 1968 on Apollo 8. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.
Come hear Alex Gourevitch, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University, discuss the radicalism of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s civil disobedience. King was no moderate. Assassinated while supporting a major strike, King is best seen as part of the 1968 revival of a long tradition of mass law-breaking that we can trace backwards through a hundred years of labor radicalism.
1969: revolution was stirring around the world. In the United States, spurred on by the Anti-war, Women’s, and Black Power Movements, the Gay Liberation Movement was born. Half a century later, the LGBTQ Movement is very different. Come hear activist, author, and Harvard Professor Michael Bronski discuss the forgotten history of Gay Liberation and what it means for us today.
We invite Congressman Kennedy to offer a reflection on President John F. Kennedy’s exhortation “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”
How do we channel the same spirit to trigger in us an urgency to tackle the great challenges of our world today? Framingham State University students will lead a conversation that focuses on climate change on topics that range from community resilience to global awareness, from climate refugees to climate justice, and from economic impact to policy action.
This exhibition of Michael Dixon’s current work illustrates recent developments in African-American art by focusing on transformations of racial and interracial identities. Audiences will see how Dixon’s work visually changes from the civil rights era of the Sixties, which emphasized African-American accomplishments and the establishment of rights, to later forms that address self-reflection and individual identity.
Frank White will discuss the little-known fact that President John Kennedy wanted Apollo to be a multi-national mission, not a “space race.” Think of the impact on history if the astronauts on Apollo 11 had been Russian and American. That was President Kennedy’s dream, cut short by his untimely death.