How did the 1950s become “The Sixties”?

Speakers: Daniel Horowitz YC’60 and Howard Gillette’64

Undoubtedly Yale and the country took a dramatic turn in the 1960s. Looking at the lives of the first class to graduate in the 1960s and the first to matriculate in that era, Daniel Horowitz and Howard Gillette examine through the lives of their college classmates the causes and consequences of that turbulent era.

Trained in Yale’s American Studies program, Horowitz and Gillette bring to bear the broad scope of their considerable scholarship on American culture close to home: revealing how events tested established ideals of leadership and service and set new standards for Yale graduates in their personal as well as professional lives.

Horowitz's book, On the Cusp: The Yale College Class of 1960 and the World on the Verge of Change. focuses mainly on how class, race, ethnicity, gender, and politics shaped his classmates' experiences as undergraduates.

Gillette's Class Divide: Yale 1964 and the Conflicted Legacy of the 1960s traces the diverging paths through life that a relatively homogeneous group of men followed upon graduation as their experiences placed them uneasily in an emerging cultural divide.

Please join us for what is sure to be an entertaining and compelling presentation. This is a new venue for us. As Microsoft is donating the space, they ask us not to charge for the event and we are not catering it. You are, however, welcome to bring in snacks and drinks (no alcohol) from any of the several providers (Au Bon Pain, Rebecca’s, etc.) directly across the street.

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September 30, 2015 at 6pm - 8pm
The Microsoft New England Building - Hawthorne Room
255 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
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