WiSe 12/13: Ringvorlesung "The Sixties: America's Longest Decade"
Laura Bieger, Christian Lammert
Additional information / Pre-requisites
Im Bachelor der neuen Studienordnung darf die Ringvorlesung nur als Aufbauseminar im 2. oder 3. Schwerpunkt belegt werden.
The 1960s was one of the most turbulent decades in the U.S.- the decade of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Great Society, of charismatic leaders such a John F. Kennedy, Martin ... read more
The 1960s was one of the most turbulent decades in the U.S.- the decade of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Great Society, of charismatic leaders such a John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, of shocking events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Kennedy assassination, and of immense cultural liberation, peaking in events such as the Summer of Love and Woodstock. It was a decade in which life became thoroughly politicized as unprecedented numbers of U.S. citizens involved themselves in public debates over the meaning of 'America,' laying the foundations of the liberal consensus against which a conservative revolution could cast itself with a vengeance in the decades to come with the effect of dividing U.S. society in deep and troubling ways. In this lecture series we want to approach this turbulent decade from a double perceptive: with an eye in what made it exceptional in U.S. history, and with in eye on what prepared the changes erupting at this time and their vast significance for the further course of the 'American experiment.' In fact, outstanding as this decade was in terms of changing civic, social, cultural, political, intellectual, artistic, and economic life in the U.S. and beyond, one might as well wonder to what degree we are still leaving in the outskirts of this decade, and whether the current crisis of the 'American way of life' and political system sustaining it will finally bring it to a close.
The lectures series is dedicated to take a closer look at the 1960s from different disciplinary perspectives, focusing on important events, developments, and persons in the cultural, social, political and economic life and discuss the legacy of the 1960s for present America. Members from the JFKI as well as external guest will share their expertise in order to get a full, nuanced and pluralist perspective on this longest decade in America.