Chat in the Stacks: Remembering 1968

This panel discussion, “1968 Kerner Commission: What Can We Learn 50 Years Later?”,  concerns the pivotal year of 1968 and how it continues to inform our current discussions around identity, politics, and race in America. On February 29, 1968, President Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (also known as the Kerner Commission) warned racism was causing America to move “toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” Alan Curtis, President and CEO of the Eisenhower Foundation, and Steve Gillon, Scholar-in-Residence at HISTORY and Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, discuss the lasting impact of the Commission along with moderator Karen M. Turner, Associate Professor in the Journalism Department and the director of ACCORD.

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