1968: The Heart of the Matter


Upcoming Programs commemorating 50 years ago when the United States was marked by several major historical events. It is often considered to be one of the most turbulent years of the 20th century.

Songs of Protest and the Working Class
Thursday, May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at the Historic Pump House

Join singer/songwriters Tom Breiding,  musician in residence for the UMWA; Jason Kendall, whose introspective and melodic songs are influenced by Chet Baker to Bob Dylan and the Beatles; and Mike Stout, songwriter of stories about working class heroes; for an evening of original compositions of working class ballads and protest songs about the tumultuous year 1968.

1968: The Heart of the Matter, An Inter-generational Dialogue
Saturday, May 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Historic Pump House

Join in a participative round table led by Charlie McCollester, Ph.D. of lived experiences from elders to stimulate dialogue with young activists who themselves are facing a new global crisis. The impact on a generation coming of age of the Prague Spring, Vietnam Tet Offensive, My Lai Massacre, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy assassinations, Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia and American political upheaval.

This program invites discussion between participants and those impacted by 1968 and a generation of young activists facing a new global crisis.

Vietnam: A Working Class War
Saturday, September 22,  @ 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the CCAC Allegheny Campus and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Featuring three panel discussions: Vietnam veterans; anti-war resistors; and other voices-veteran’s families, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian and others will provide an opportunity for the present generation of young people to learn from those whose lives and politics were profoundly impacted by the Vietnam War. It will conclude with a ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial on the North Shore.

To be held at CCAC Allegheny Campus and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Co- sponsored with the Pennsylvania Labor History Society.

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