Honors Lecture Series

1968/69–2018/19: Historic Upheavals, Enduring Aftershocks

Five decades ago, racial tensions, cultural upheavals, and technological advances helped define the tumultuous 1968–69 era. This collaborative, yearlong series examines the impact and inspiration of those various events—from an inaugural panel discussion about the 1968 presidential campaign and its Minnesota ties, to a gallery exhibit exploring the protest and takeover of Morrill Hall at the University of Minnesota in 1969, to the series-culminating lecture by Carol Anderson, author of the best-selling White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Copresented by the Institute for Advanced Study, University Honors Program and Northrop


Youth Culture, War, and Politics
Thursday, September 13th, 2018, 3:30pm
Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor Northrop


Moderated by John Rash of the Star Tribune, this discussion will feature family members of some of the 1968 Presidential candidates, discussing their experiences of the late 1960s—featuring what it was like to be a young person and student at the time, their experiences being at the Democratic National Convention that year, and the background of the Vietnam War. The student protest movement was active both on campus and around the country, and there is much we can learn now from what was happening at the time.


FREE and open to the public
American Justice
Thursday, October 11th, 2018, 3:30pm
Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor Northrop


Moderated by Elaine Tyler May (History), this panel discussion will feature Nancy Gertner (Harvard Law; Retired Federal Judge)and Lecia Brooks (Southern Poverty Law Center) in a conversation on issues of race and justice in America. The two will discuss the roles of the justice system and advocacy, and why the history of the late 1960s is so relevant to issues of violence and race today. The audience will be invited to participate in the conversation with these two distinguished speakers to address the fraught topic of race and justice in America.


FREE and open to the public
Campus Protests, Representation, and Educational Reform
Thursday, November 8th, 2018, 3:30pm
Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor Northrop


The civil rights struggles of the 1960s led to calls for establishment Afro-American and American Indian studies programs at the University of Minnesota. In 1969 the activism of African American and American Indian students and supporters led to the founding of Departments of Afro-American Studies (now African American & African Studies) and American Indian Studies (the first in the nation). The new intercollegiate Higher Education Consortium on Urban Affairs, or HECUA, soon followed. A panel of program founders and leaders will discuss the history of these efforts and the 50-year legacy of educating students about diversity and identity. Moderated by Provost Karen Hanson.


FREE and open to the public
Why Go to the Moon? Apollo, the Space Race, and the Many Faces of Lunar Exploration
Thursday, February 21st, 2019, 3:30pm
Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor Northrop


What is it about the Moon that captures the fancy of humankind? A silvery disk hanging in the night sky, it conjures up images of romance and magic. It has been counted upon to foreshadow important events, both of good and ill, and its phases for eons served humanity as its most accurate measure of time. This presentation discusses the Moon as a target for Human exploration and eventual settlement. It explores the more than 50-year efforts to reach the Moon, succeeding with space probes and humans in Project Apollo in the 1960s and early 1970s, as well as the space race with the Soviet Union. It will then also discuss the rationales for spaceflight, and ideas for returning to the Moon in the twenty-first century.


Featuring Roger Launius (Retired NASA; Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum).


FREE and open to the public
Thursday, April 11th, 2019, 3:30pm
Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor Northrop


This dramatic hip-hop spoken word and dance performance depicts the death and inner life of a young woman, Myeisha Mills, based on the true story of Tyisha Miller. It reimagines the night she was shot by four police officers while she lay unconscious in a car. The two-person play takes a powerfully clear-eyed look at the relationships between race, the body, and violence by following the trajectory and impact of the 12 bullets that struck her—each one triggering its own unique memory.


Featuring Rickerby Hinds, UC Riverside.


FREE and open to the public
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
Thursday, April 18th, 2019, 7:00pm
Carlson Family Stage, Northrop


Since 1865 and the passage of the 13th Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances toward full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. This lecture — and the New York Times best-seller for which it is named — carefully link historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition. Carol Anderson's work pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. This timely discussion adds an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.


Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Her research focuses on public policy with regards to race, justice, and equality.


Tickets are $5 for UMN students, $15 for UMN faculty/staff and non-UMN students, and $25 for the general public