Tumultuous: Chicago in 1968 | Newberry

Tumultuous: Chicago in 1968

Led by John Suiter. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Thursdays, March 1 - April 5

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $210

Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

“Tumultuous” is how historians describe the year 1968. Indeed, to recall (or first learn about) the one-after-another events of that year—from the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy to the Democratic National Convention and the brave beginnings of the women’s liberation movement—can leave your head spinning and heart pounding, even 50 years later. In this course we will remember—with an emphasis on Chicago—these and lesser known events, as well as the individuals, groups, and movements that animated them. Six sessions.

John Suiter is a writer-photographer living in Chicago. He is the author of Poets on the Peaks: Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen & Jack Kerouac in the North Cascades and is currently working on a biography of the poet Gary Snyder.

Materials List


  • Todd Gitlin, The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage. Bantam; Revised edition (July 1, 1993). ISBN#: 978-0553372120
  • A number of other texts (essays & sections from books) will be required as well, but those will be provided by the instructor, either digitally or as hand-outs in class.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read Todd Gitlin, The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage, pp. 285-294.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.