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The Radical Sixties at York, c.1966-1972

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Historian David Fowler discusses how a generation of edgy, politically conscious, student activists shaped both the University and beyond.

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Britain's ‘Swinging Sixties’ continue to be viewed as a metropolitan world peopled by Carnaby Street Mods, the Beatles, and countercultural music venues like the UFO Club.

However, historian David Fowler of the University of York will argue that university students and dons, well beyond London, were the prime movers in the cultural revolution of the ‘Long 1960s’. He will do this through an exploration of student and don radicalism at York; one of the first ‘new universities’ of the 1960s.

The key protagonists in this educational and cultural experiment at York were a generation of edgy, politically conscious, entrepreneurial and countercultural student activists; a number of whom subsequently became distinguished journalists, cultural leaders, writers and ‘Public Intellectuals’ who shaped not only a pioneering campus university of the 1960s but the wider culture beyond the University.

How did this happen? What has subsequently happened to student and don radicalism (at York and other British universities) since the 1960s?

Please note: This talk will not be available on YouTube afterwards, so be sure to book a ticket to our live event to avoid missing out.

Image credit: Student protest in York City centre on Wednesday 22 February 1967. Image courtesy of Simon Maddison

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