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Lecture series in Orillia will focus on the 1960s, the 'decade that changed the world'

Third Age Learning at Lakehead series will focus on impact of events of the 1960s on today's culture
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Third Age Learning at Lakehead (TALL) is offering its first ever, five-part lecture series.

This fall series, The '60s: The decade that changed the world?, will focus on the impacts of the events of the '60s on today’s culture: social justice through reconciliation, surveillance and security, music for the new social order, activism and social media, and the space race.

Here's a snapshot of the five lectures:

October 17, 2018

Taking the Stand for Justice: ‘Witnessing’ atrocities and reconciliation

At the Adolf Eichmann trial in 1961, Holocaust survivors found an international venue to tell their stories, and many saw their presence on the stand as one of the great achievements of the proceeding. In this lecture, Dr. Valerie Hébert, Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead University Orillia, will delve into whether truth in testimony can enable peace and reconciliation in the aftermath of mass atrocity today.

October 24, 2018

Hippies in Canada: A serious security threat?

No single decade saw as much social change as the 1960s. The music that was produced during that time reflected both the victories and struggles towards a new social order. From civil rights, Vietnam, feminism and environmentalism, songwriters were the mouthpiece. In his lecture, Frank Horvat, an award-winning, Toronto-based composer, pianist, music educator and artivist, will explore these changes through the eyes of a handful of iconic songs.

October 31, 2018

There's Something Happening Here... Music's contribution to social movements

No single decade saw as much social change as the 1960s. The music that was produced during that time reflected both the victories and struggles toward a new social order. From civil rights, Vietnam, feminism and environmentalism, songwriters were the mouthpiece. In his lecture, Frank Horvat, an award-winning, Toronto-based composer, pianist, music educator and artiist, will explore these changes through the eyes of a handful of iconic songs.

November 7, 2018

From Marching in the Streets to Surfing the Web: Activism or 'Slacktivism'?

Social consciousness and environmental activism have certainly changed from the 1960s to the 21st century. Do today's online social media campaigns affect change in the same way as the protest marches and rights campaigns of the ‘60s? This talk by Dr. Ellen Field, Faculty of Eduation at Lakehead University Orillia, will address the ways in which today’s activists can learn from the organizing tactics of the '60s, and how these lessons can be combined with emergent strategies to continue to change and protect our world.

November 14, 2018

Who Won the 'Space Race'? The Politics and Science of the 'Final Frontier'

This richly-illustrated talk by Dr. Thomas Stiff, science educator and lecturer, will reveal the ‘behind the scenes’ technical and political battles that dominated the race to the Moon, and their impact on modern society. Were there winners and losers of the space race in the ‘60s? How do contemporary issues play out as we continue to engage with the ‘final frontier’?

Each of these lectures will be held at St. Paul’s Centre in Orillia from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Questions? Want more information, email Linda Rodenburg, lrodenbu@lakeheadu.ca or call 705-330-4008, ext. 2632

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