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Workshop is filled/accepting registrations on a waiting list only basis. Revolutionary Dawn: Writing to Read the Sixties

November 1, 2013

Despite a popular culture that mythologizes the Sixties as a period of profound revolutionary change, historians have hotly debated the usefulness of this periodization. Some have noted the distinct differences between the earlier and later years of the decade, suggesting that the most profound revolutionary ferment began after 1967. This workshop will consider ways to read and evaluate evidence for the purpose of writing a historical interpretation around a central question: Is the period between 1960 and 1964 best interpreted as an extension of the Fifties or as the essence of the Sixties? Participants will organize evidence by writing to read across several different types of primary source texts, each addressing distinct social issues. Texts include “Women Are People, Too” by Betty Freidan and speeches by Dwight Eisenhower and Newton Minnow, as well as print advertising from LIFE and Michael Roemer’s film, Nothing But a Man.

Writing is the central act of historical interpretation. But helping students develop the kind of disciplinary thinking that supports such interpretation remains a profound pedagogical challenge. This workshop establishes a model for reading across primary sources in ways that encourage the construction of evidentiary historical interpretations within a writing community.

Texts: Speeches by Dwight Eisenhower and Newton Minnow; advertising from LIFE; “Women Are People, Too” by Betty Freidan; and Michael Roemer’s film, Nothing But a Man

Workshop fee: $200 (includes morning coffee, lunch, and workshop materials)