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Woodstock at 50: The 1960s and the Transformation of American Society (Webinar Series)

February 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm EST
February 7, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm EST
March 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm EDT
March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm EDT

During this webinar series participants will analyze the vast political, social, and cultural changes that took place in the United States beginning in the 1950s and lasting through the 1960s. We will discuss the vast divisions that developed in American society during this era, and ways that those divisions continue today. We will analyze how new voices emerged on the political scene during this period, and how and why some "radicals" distanced themselves from any form of politics. We will discuss in detail ways that music and other forms of popular culture reflected the larger changes in American society.

We will also discuss ways that the events of the 1960s still deeply impact our culture and society today; we will discuss ways that messages of the 1960s still deeply influence much of our thinking today. We will discuss, on its 50th anniversary, the significance of the Woodstock Music Festival: what was its significance at the time, and why is the image of "Woodstock" still important to many today?

Tuesday, February 5: Defining the Sixties

The 1960s evoke diverse memories, opinions, and messages from Americans living in the 21st century. Why have the sixties created such diverse sentiments and opposing reactions? Having a working definition for our institute is a valuable starting-off point. This webinar will attempt to define "The Sixties."

Thursday, February 7: Social and Political Movements of the 1950s and 1960s

What were the significant social and political changes that altered America in the 1950s and 1960s? How do these historical events create a climate that produces a cultural event as significant as Woodstock?

Tuesday, March 5: Change as Demonstrated Through Popular Culture

How can teachers demonstrate changes in America using popular culture from the 1950s and 1960s (movies, television, art)? This webinar will provide suggestions on how to source material for classroom use.

Thursday, March 7:Change in Music in the Sixties: New Material

Was music in this era an agent of social change or simply a reflection of society as-is? Is Woodstock a "retirement party" for the values of the 1960s.


Steve Armstrong 
Steve Armstong is past president of NCSS and Social Studies Consultant, Connecticut Department of Education, Hartford, CT. Steve has taught social studies for over 20 years in and out of the classroom. Before his work at Connecticut Department of Education, Steve was a social studies department supervisor in the West Hartford, CT public schools. In addition to serving as past president of NCSS, Steve was past president of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, the Connecticut Committee for the Promotion of History and the New England History Teachers Association. A well-versed and noted presenter, he has given workshops on the local, state, regional, and national levels on a variety of subjects including using popular music in the social studies classroom. Steve has also lead workshops on popular music and social studies at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at the original location of the Woodstock Music Festival.

Alison Noree


Fee: $75 members / $149 nonmembers (Registration for the series is offered at a reduced rate than paying separately.) 

Registration is available for individual webinar sessions apart from the series. Please click on registration to see your various options.