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Discussion to Draw Political and Social Parallels Between 1968 and Today

Bethlehem, Pa., November 14, 2008—Moravian College will hold a presentation and panel discussion focusing on parallels between the political and social events of  1968 and those of today. Edward P. Morgan, professor of political science at Lehigh University, will present “1968 & 2008: Historic Turning Points?” on Monday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. in the UBC Room, Haupert Union Building. The talk is open to the public and admission is free.

Following the talk, a panel from Moravian College will begin the wider discussion by reflecting on 1968 as a turning point in their lives. Panelists will include: Christopher M. Thomforde, president, Moravian College, Gary Olson, professor of political science, Anne Dutlinger, professor of art, and Don St. John, professor of religion.

Morgan is author of “The Sixties Experience: Hard Lessons About Modern America” & “What Happened to the 1960s and Why it Matters: Media Culture and the Decline of Democracy” (forthcoming). In addition to teaching classes on social movements of the 1960s and the role that media and propaganda play in American politics, Morgan’s teaching and writing explore the possibility of an alternative politics emerging in 2008.

“Forty years later, historians still study and ponder the ramifications of the 1968 Presidential Election in which a bitterly divided country went to the polls.,” noted Professor St. John,  “A majority of Democrats stayed home, some of the remainder either joined Republicans to vote for George Wallace or to elect Richard Nixon as the 37th President of the United States. Hubert Humphrey, vice-president under Lyndon Johnson could not shake the legacy of an unpopular war and chief executive.”

With the panel discussion the group will answer questions such as “Are there parallels between the losses of Hubert Humphrey and John McCain? and as 1968 was a turning point year will 2008 be remembers as the same?”

The program is sponsored by the departments of Art, Political Science, and Religion at Moravian College.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.