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From Camelot to Woodstock: America in the 1960s with Rick Collin

A look at one of the most tumultuous decades in American history.

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About this class:

This is a 10-week virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Thursdays Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16 - 7-9:00 pm CT

This course will examine the political, social and cultural upheavals that occurred during one of the most tumultuous decades in American history – a decade that continues to impact and resonate more than 50 years later. Classes will cover the civil rights movement; the U.S.-Soviet Union race to land the first man on the Moon; the momentous year of 1968; the New Left movement; the cultural and music revolutions; the political assassinations that rocked the decade; the Vietnam War; and the Presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon. The course will meet 10 nights – the first night will be an introduction, then each night after that will be devoted to a particular aspect of America in the 1960s. The goal of this course is to examine key events and movements of this decade, while also providing ample time for discussion.

Instructor bio:

Instructor Rick Collin is a historian with a passion for history told through stories. Rick worked for the State Historical Society of North Dakota for 16 years and taught America in the 1960s, The American Presidency, The History of World War II, The United States To 1877 and The United States Since 1877 at the University of Mary and Bismarck State College. He edited Mr. Wheat: A Biography of U.S. Senator Milton R. Young, written by Andrea Winkjer Collin and published in 2010, and edited Bloody Knife: Custer’s Favorite Scout, written by Ben Innis and republished in 1994. Growing up in the 1960s, Rick carries much of the decade with him to this day. This is his third Public University course for Humanities North Dakota – previously he taught Riding the Back of the Tiger: America and the Vietnam War, 1945-75 and The Modern Presidency: FDR to Reagan, 1933-89.

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