1968: The Year That Changed America

Course Dates: 
5 weeks: March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22
Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
John Hurwitz
Course Catalogs: 
2019 Spring

1968 was a year that fundamentally changed America, and a year when many believed the country was ripping apart at the seams. We will focus on five pivotal “events”: the Tet Offensive in Vietnam; the rise and fall of President Johnson; the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy; the 1968 Democratic National Convention; and the 1968 elections. We will discuss the context and the lasting consequences of each in this extraordinary year.

Instructor: Jon Hurwitz (hurwitz@pitt.edu) received his doctorate in 1986 from the University of Minnesota and is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He specializes in American politics, with a focus on elections, public opinion and political psychology.