Activism in the 60s: Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll

HNR 360 - Activism in the 60s: Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2020
Class #: 13392
Section: M003
Credits: 3

Wagner,Sally R

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Collaboration, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
M 6:45pm-9:30pm


Course Description:

There is an aura about the ‘60’s, as activism once again sweeps college campuses. In conversations with my students, they have asked if I would teach a class on it. Having been involved in the anti-war, women’s rights, student rights, welfare mothers and lesbian mother’s rights movements in Sacramento, California and as an ally of the American Indian Movement and the early Ethnic Studies program at California State University, Sacramento during the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s, I’m eager to teach this course on the cultural/political revolution that swept the U.S. and European countries during this time, its connection to college campuses, and comparisons to present-day student activism. The class will be taught through presentations of personal stories (mine and Syracuse activists), film, music (we have a DJ lined up), Skype sessions with 60’s activists nationally and readings of primary documents, including newspapers, flyers, articles and books, along with my FBI/CIA file the government compiled of my (non-criminal) activism. Each of you will build a relationship during the semester with a social justice activist. You’ll help them remember their history by recording their stories, helping them sort through their memorabilia for possible inclusion in a Social Justice Collection in Bird Library and asking questions about their activism to inform your own.

ISSUES COVERED: 1) Theories of social change; 2) Leadership forms of social justice movements; 3) The “ecological balance” of a movement: working inside and outside the system; 4) Intersectionality: how movements worked together; tensions and changes; 5) Critique of contemporary analysis that portrays a static view of the movements contrasted with an examination of the dynamic nature of them; 6) Sex, drugs and rock and roll.