It was a time of upheaval and transformation, and the themes still resonate today: civil rights, freedom of speech and expression, feminism, political divide, environmental concerns and expanding boundaries in technology and culture.
The yearlong series, designed by a faculty and staff steering committee from across the University, follows other interdisciplinary series “War and Peace Imagined” in 2016-17 and “Globe and Cosmos” in 2014-15.
A selection of fall events are listed below, and in spring, look forward to a concert by jazz legend Herbie Hancock, a photography exhibit about the Freedom Riders and Freedom Schools, and films and discussions dedicated to protest and music, including a symposium on the Grateful Dead. For more information about the series as a whole, and to see additional events, view the website here.
The 1960s: A Survey of the Decade
Open now, through Feb. 17, Weatherspoon Art Museum
This art exhibition highlights styles and social issues that emerged during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. Among other work, you’ll see prints that feature musical icons of the decade: the Beatles, James Brown, Dionne Warwick, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and the Shirelles.
Weatherspoon Art Museum hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hair, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Sept. 22-29, Taylor Theatre
The UNCG School of Theatre presents the story of active, bohemian “Age of Aquarius” youth in New York City, advancing ideas of gender and racial equality and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. For showtimes and tickets, visit UNCG Theatre or call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160.
Learning from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement: Strategic Nonviolence and Social Transformation
Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m., Stone Building, Edwards Lounge, Room 219
Hear from Dr. Elmira Nazombe about how the civil rights movement shaped, and continues to influence, the modern fight for racial, economic and social justice. Free and open to the public.
Alexander Bernstein and Lara Downs
Oct. 12, 8 p.m. School of Music Building, Recital Hall
Acclaimed pianist Lara Downes will present a program of Bernstein’s “Anniversaries for Piano” along with 20 newly commissioned Anniversaries on the occasion of the composer Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial. Bernstein’s son Alexander will provide narration to the works. For tickets, visit ucls.uncg.edu.
Vietnam: the Chemical War
Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. School of Education Building, Room 120
Dr. David Biggs will give a lecture about the film that sparked global anti-war protests and galvanized budding environmental movements. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page.
UNCG Faculty Jazz Sextet: The Music of West Side Story
Oct. 26, 7:30 pm, The Crown at the Carolina Theatre
The UNCG Faculty Jazz Sextet continues UNCG’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with an original arrangement of the music from his masterpiece West Side Story. For tickets, visit carolinatheatre.com
Spartan Jazz Collective: The Music of Herbie Hancock
Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., The Crown at the Carolina Theatre
Hancock’s music realized by the Spartan Jazz Collective, a mentoring jazz septet comprised of UNCG students and faculty, focuses on his music from the 1960s. For tickets, visit carolinatheatre.com
Fall Dances: Freedom of Information Section III
Nov. 16, 8 p.m.; Nov. 17, 2 p.m., School of Dance Theater
The School of Dance presents a piece created by choreographers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, which is an artistic response to the 1966 Freedom of Information Act.
For tickets, visit the School of Dance
Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead
Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m., Greensboro Project Space
Screening and discussions of parts I and II of the Grateful Dead documentary.
Assembled by Susan Kirby-Smith
Visuals: Robert Stanley, “The Beatles Recording,“ “James Brown,” 1965