RENESAN FAIR: MAKING SENSE OF THE SIXTIES SYMPOSIUM
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