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CSU Chico Professors To Reflect on 1968 in Upcoming History Forum

"1968: The Rise and Fall of the New American Revolution," is the name of a book co-authored by Chico State history professor Robert Cottrell, and is also the name of a history round table to be held in September on campus.

Posted: Sep 22, 2018 6:32 PM

CHICO, Calif. - 1968 was an important year in the history of the United States. It was a tumultuous year when a series of events unfolded, including the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Tet Offensive, Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign and the burgeoning peace, women's and environmental movements.

"It was a turning point, but it was a very confused turning point," according to historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who spent part of that year as a political advisor for Robert F. Kennedy. 

Now, 50 years later, California State University's School of the Arts and the history department are working together to present a free roundtable discussion about this turning point, based on a book called, "1968: The Rise and Fall of the New American Revolution," co-authored by Chico State history professor Robert Cottrell.

Dr. Cottrell says, "It is recalled most of all as the year when revolution beckoned or threatened, depending upon one's perspective."

For a time, it seemed as if anything were possible in 1968," continued Dr. Cottrell, who saw people's utopian visions impact political, cultural, racial and gender spheres.

Participants in the roundtable include Dr. Cotrell, and history faculty members Steve Lewis, Kate Transchel and Rod Thomson.

The professors will discuss how the events of 1968 had an impact locally, nationally and globally.

The history roundable will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. Those who require special seating accomodations are asked to call (530) 898-6333 in advance.

There is no charge for attending the public forum.

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