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October 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Catlayst on Campus: 1969 Retrospective

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“Fifty years ago, our nation was in the midst of turbulent transformations. In the wake of Dr. King’s death, civil rights activists continued to strive for justice, while the Cold War fueled bitter international conflict. The Moon landing heralded a new era for science, while the Woodstock music festival embodied the youth counterculture. What was it like to live through the events of 1969, and what lessons can we learn from this remarkable year? On Wednesday, October 16th, the Catalyst Hub invites you to discuss these topics at a special gathering, 1969 Retrospective.

Professors Mark Gavoor (SBNM), Robert Hostetter (Communications), Joe Lill (Music), Leona Mirza (Mathematics) and Lee Sundholm (Economics) will share memories of the year. Additionally, we will have the great fortune of welcoming to campus Bishop Ed Peecher, Chief Operations Officer at Together Chicago, and Reverend Al Sampson, who was ordained by Dr. King at Ebenezer Baptist Church and has been an unceasing champion of civil rights for over 50 years.

Catalyst on Campus presents: 1969 Retrospective

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in this extraordinary opportunity! We look forward to seeing you there.


The theme for Catalyst on Campus events this year is “home.” Home signifies familiarity, a sense of rootedness, and a call to connectedness. In designating home as our theme, we hope to inspire conversation around multifaceted questions, such as, “How do our neighborhoods foster a sense of home?” “Whom do we choose to welcome into our home?” and “What kind of home do you envision North Park University to be?” To better understand the current state of our home city, we must discuss the context in which it was shaped, and 1969 was among its defining years.

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