The whole world was watching. In April, at the news of the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., African American neighborhoods in Chicago rebelled. In June, Robert Kennedy was murdered. In August, the Democratic Party held its National Convention in Chicago, and the Yippies arrived, too, to protest the party’s endorsement of the Vietnam War; the police riot shook the nation. A panel of speakers will discuss the historical context, recount personal memories of these events, and discuss literary responses to these events by such writers as Gwendolyn Brooks, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, and Garry Wills.
Between the Lines is sponsored by the Humanities Academic Department.