RE­NE­SAN FAIR: MAK­ING SENSE OF THE SIX­TIES SYM­PO­SIUM

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If you’re up for a 1960s head trip, from Mon­day, Nov. 13, through Thurs­day, Nov. 16, the decade and its his­tor­i­cal con­text will be the sub­ject of talks by schol­ars, writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, and ac­tivists. In the sym­po­sium Mak­ing Sense of the Six­ties: Then and Now, pre­sented by the Re­ne­san In­sti­tute for Life­long Learn­ing, or­ga­niz­ers say cen­tral themes will ven­ture well beyond the clichè of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.

His­to­rian David Far­ber, a pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Kansas who once taught at the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico, presents an open­ing lec­ture ad­dress­ing the time lead­ing up to the decade. He will set the stage for other talks by look­ing at the era’s frac­tious na­tional cul­ture, in­clud­ing the con­ser­va­tive back­lash against young ac­tivists. Santa Fe scholar Lois Rud­nick will ex­plore ways the era’s com­munes af­fected cur­rent prac­tices around food, agri­cul­ture, and con­ser­va­tion. Rud­nick and Taos na­tive Sylvia Ro­dríguez will look at racial and class dis­par­i­ties, and Rud­nick will also fo­cus on 1960s lega­cies that con­tinue to af­fect New Mex­i­cans.

Roberta Price, author and pho­tog­ra­pher, will ex­plore whether a re­turn to the era’s sense of in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties is even pos­si­ble. Mark Rudd, Al­bu­querque res­i­dent and former mem­ber of the Weather Un­der­ground, dis­cusses com­mu­nity or­ga­niz­ing; Bette Evans will re­view the civil rights move­ment and the courts; K. Paul Jones cov­ers whether we learned any­thing from Vietnam; and Lisa Law shows her doc­u­men­tary film

Flash­ing on the Six­ties. A clos­ing panel pro­vides a venue for com­men­tary and ques­tions, and sum­ma­rizes the im­pact, and lack of im­pact, the 1960s has had on mod­ern cul­ture and on his­tory.

Jack Lo­ef­fler and Mered­ith David­son, co-cu­ra­tors of the re­lated Voices of Coun­ter­cul­ture in the South­west ex­hibit at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum, will dis­cuss what went into cre­at­ing such an ex­hibit. They brought to­gether archival footage, oral his­to­ries, photography, ephemera, and ar­ti­facts to tell their story about the cul­tural rev­o­lu­tion. The mu­seum web­site notes, “At a time when con­certs and gath­er­ings on the West Coast gave birth to 1967’s in­fa­mous ‘Sum­mer of Love,’ New Mex­ico was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its own so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal rev­o­lu­tion.” The ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vides a re­gional view of the time; Voices of Coun­ter­cul­ture in the

South­west con­tin­ues through Feb. 11, 2018. All lec­tures for this event take place Mon­day through Thurs­day from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave.). The cost of the four-day sym­po­sium is $125, with ad­vance reser­va­tions rec­om­mended. It is not pos­si­ble to pur­chase tick­ets for in­di­vid­ual pan­els. Reg­is­ter in per­son at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum on Mon­day, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m., when you can pay by check, or visit www .re­ne­san.org and click on Sym­po­sium to pay by credit card and for in­for­ma­tion. — Pa­tri­cia Leni­han

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