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1960s/1970s Reunion: Flashback

08/05/2013

Drawing together people from across generations, this weekend's grassroots reunion allowed participants to remember their time at IU and in Bloomington and share the lives of activism that developed as a result. 

 

Over the summer, Indiana University Archives assisted alumni David G. Martin (BA 1973, PhD 2004) and Cathy Rountree (BA 1977, BS Nursing 1984) in their work to organize a reunion of their friends and classmates who hail from the New Left and anti-war movement of the 1960s and early 1970s.

 

Attendees came from as far away as Connecticut, California, and Canada to attend, including two of the "Bloomington 3", IU students who were indicted under the Indiana Anti-Subversive Act for their political activism. The 3--Ralph Levitt (MA 1962), Jim Bingham (BA 1962), and Tom Morgan (BA 1966, MSW 1968)--were invited to speak at college campuses across the country regarding their fight against these charges, which were dismissed after years of legal entanglement.

 

Reunion attendees met in Dunn Meadow at 9 AM Saturday August 3 for a relatively sedate frolic and then made their way to the Monroe County Public Library for a town hall-style meeting and a day of panel discussions. Staff of the University Archives were on hand to meet with attendees and conduct oral histories. According to Dina Kellams, associate archivist, she conducted one of the most memorable interviews of her career with two veterans of the woman's rights and gay liberation movements. 

 

Many people connected to the IU faculty also attended and spoke movingly about their experiences. Anna Wylie, wife of the late David Wylie, professor of theater and drama, spoke movingly at the reunion town hall meeting about her husband's perceptions of students from the 1960s as passionate and committed to transformative action.  Professor of English Paul Zietlow also attended reunion events, and his wife Charlotte Zietlow spoke at a Saturday panel discussion about the Bloomington political scene.

 

The day culminated with an evening gathering at Max’s Place with musicians from the period, including one time IU student and "America’s Best Unknown Songwriter" Roger Salloom.

 

A front page story about the event appeared in the Herald Times and can be accessed using this link:

http://go.iu.edu/7XJ