Madison in the Sixties
As the new 2018 school year looms, Stu Levitan looks back on Madison’s efforts to make its teaching staff as racially diverse as its population, on this week’s Madison in the Sixties.
Go-go girls get guidelines on how to dress and dance. The school superintendent blames permissive parents for student activism. Antiwar protests escalate from posters to rocks. This is just some of Madison’s late August news five decades ago. Stu Levitan has the details on this week’s Madison in the Sixties.
Summer in the city back in the 1960s often meant big developments in civil rights. In Madison, more civil rights news happened in August than any other month. Here’s Stu Levitan with the details on tonight’s Madison in the Sixties.
The third week of July, 1961 through. Harvard professor discusses the difficulties of negotiating with communists on disarmaments. Freedom riders imprisoned in Mississippi. Controversial topless bathing suits are challenged by city officials. Dutch Elm Disease is under control. The Regents institute harsh rules, up to expulsion, banning any intentional conduct that interferes with school activities.
More than one thousand University of Wisconsin alumni returned to Memorial Union from June 14–16 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their time on campus. Many of them were activists in Madison in 1968, one of the most turbulent years of student protest in American history. The three-day Reunion weekend featured tours, live music, and […]
It was 50 years ago today that police and protesters clashed on the UW campus, sending scores of protesters to the emergency room, and even injuring bystanders. The bloody event has become a seminal moment in the collective memory of Madisonians. Madison historian Stu Levitan takes us back half a century. He describes the sights, […]