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?
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."
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?
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.
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 Armstong is the social studies consultant at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He is past president of the National Council for the Social Studies and of Connecticut Council for the Social Studies. Armstrong has given workshops at the local, regional, state and national levels on the intersections between popular music and American history. He has given presentations for teachers at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which is on the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival. Armstrong has taught courses on historical and musical topics at the high school and college levels.
Social Studies Teacher
Fairfield Warde High School
Fee: $75 members / $149 nonmembers (Registration for the series is offered at a reduced rate than paying separately.)
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