January 2013 Archives



Our exhibit opens today in Wilson and very soon in the Music Library in Ferguson!

We also have many handouts and plan some exciting events for later in the month - stay tuned to hear more about those!

In pulling together the exhibit, I've been impressed with the amount of information and the role that protest has played here at the U throughout our history. Not only did Vietnam and Civil Rights impact our community but the U was active in protesting China's 1989 actions against protesters at Tiananmen Square - do you remember the 'monument erected along the Mall? - to Shyamala Rajender's fight for the equality of women in the faculty and professional ranks on campus in 1980s, to students protesting the 1935 presentation by the German Ambassador to the U.S. - and a whole lot more!

Intellectual freedom, and other First Amendment rights, have played out many times over the years here on campus. Perhaps Herbert Spencer was right when he posited that "The great aim of education is not knowledge but action."

Stop over and take a look at what we have in both Wilson - basement level by the Government Documents area - and in Music Libraries for the next month!




Some have argued that today's music is nothing compared to the passion, the stridency of the 1960s. However, we are even seeing artists like Bruce Springsteen working to keep traditional protest music contemporary for the new generations.

This list is intended to be representative, not comprehensive; however, we'd like to hear from you: What are some of your favorites today? Do you think today's music compares to the past? Contemporary Songs.pdf

One thing that is clear is that today the 'hotbed' of protest and change is taking place in the arab countries - the Arab Spring has been an incredible with protesters using many of the same civil disobedience tactics that were successfully used int he U.S. in the 1960s. Since these protests began in December 2010, governments have been toppled in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. Civil protests have occurred in at least 14 other countries as well.

Clearly, protesting for freedom is alive and well - and now moving across the globe!



The Vietnam war was a long, simmering war during an era of a conscription draft for all men turning 18. The war was also the first televised conflict - people could watch the daily battles, deaths and horrors while watching the evening news.

A wide variety of artists created songs that became forever linked to the 1960s protest era. This list is intended to give you a sampling of just some of the music of the times.Vietnam Songs.pdf

Many of these songs are still played today. Take a look at some of these videos - all free over YouTube - and see what you think! Feel free to share your thoughts here, too!

Click on the following link to get a quick listing of some of the most important, popular protest songs of the Civil Rights era.Civil Rights Songs.pdf

What are your favorites?

Are there key titles you feel are missing from this list?

We'd love to hear your choices!


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David Rosen writes in his book Protests Songs in America that "there was something new and unique about the contemporary protest songs of the 1960's - their widespread distribution and popularity. They became part of what David Manning White has called our 'mass culture.' Never before had so many protest songs been written about so many different topics. Never before had they been so widely disseminated" (p. 146)

And here in the Libraries we have so many collections of music. The Music Library in Ferguson Hall has CDs, as well as sheet music, DVDs and other materials for all types of music. In Wilson Library we have books, magazines, journals and other materials that provide important context to the era, first-hand accounts of what was happening and how it forever changed our country and the world!

Take a few minutes to look over our exhibits and check in on this page - we will be having quizzes, links to key music, and even some concerts over the coming weeks.


Nancy Herther, University Libraries

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