Event—Adult Education

1960s: A Decade of Hope, Change, Tragedy, and Innocence Lost


1960s America was a time of great change. In this class, we’ll discuss these changes through a variety of mediums.

A selection of photos from significant events of the 1960s decade. Source: CatJar at English Wikipedia, GFDL , via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

This class will explore the 1960s in the United States, a fascinating decade that began with great aspirations and stirred hope for many people for whom the American dream had not become a reality.

The Baby Boom generation began to come of age and many of them rejected traditional values, causing rapid change. As the decade moved on, the tragedy of the war in Vietnam divided the nation and led to a loss of innocence.

This class will cover these themes through lecture, video, music, images, and discussion.

Tom Irvine heads up the technology department for a manufacturing company during the day and teaches classes on history, mystery, and spy novels at night.

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Materials

Cost and Registration

Six sessions, $247 ($220.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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