It was a decade of upheaval and transformational change, and even though more than half a century has passed, the 1960s themes resonate now more than ever: racism, sexism, freedom of speech and press, political divide, and social unrest.  It was an era when the world went full-speed ahead, pushing the boundaries in technology and culture, giving us the space race, and various movements including civil rights, feminism and environmental concerns.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, UNCG will host a yearlong, interdisciplinary events series that examines “The ’60s: Exploring the Limits”  Some headliners include:

  • Herbie Hancock, jazz legend
  • Law professor and renowned First Amendment expert Geoffrey Stone
  • Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us
  • Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, celebrating its 50th anniversary.
  • Bernstein at 100: the UNCG Collage Concert

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A new aspect of this collaboration is the awarding of mini-grants made possible by the Office of the Provost for faculty to develop programs and classes within the 60’s theme.  Some of these will be:
  • Choreography of nonviolent protests
  • Films and discussions about the Grateful Dead
  • Photography exhibit about the Freedom Riders and Freedom Schools

Dana Dunn

I am pleased to welcome you to The ‘60s: Exploring the Limits, an extensive collaboration that explores a range of social movements including Civil Rights, Feminism, Environmentalism, Anti-War Movement and Free Speech. This series provides a rich, curated lineup of performances, lectures, films, exhibits and community interactions that will engage members of the campus and the broader community throughout the year. Our University and city are intellectually and artistically vibrant places. There is no better way to enhance learning and build community than by bringing together artists, scholars, students and community members to delve deeply into powerful and important themes. The ‘60s: Exploring the Limits will give us an opportunity to experience, interact and learn. We hope to see you at many of the special events described in this brochure. Please visit us online at to get the latest, most complete event information. The ‘60s: Exploring the Limits is the work of many hands, and I am grateful to the many faculty and staff members who have gone the extra mile to make this collaboration a possibility.

Dana Dunn
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Peter Alexander

The 1960s was an extraordinary decade of social, political and cultural change across the country, in North Carolina and at UNCG. As you will see in the pages that follow, The ‘60s: Exploring the Limits collaboration examines — in an exciting program of performances, exhibits, films, and lectures — the important movements for change that were born in those years and which continue to have an enormous impact on our politics and culture. The ‘60s: Exploring the Limits follows two previous campus-wide collaborations: Globe and Cosmos in 2014-15; and War and Peace Imagined in 2016-17. This year’s project has again been organized by a volunteer steering committee comprised of faculty and staff from across the University. Committee members built enthusiasm and participation among their colleagues and helped identify the financial and human resources necessary to this massive interdisciplinary effort. I would like to extend my special thanks to the members of the steering committee and to our community partners and to express my great appreciation for the consistent personal and financial support of Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. and Provost Dana Dunn.

Peter Alexander
Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Steering Committee Members

Peter Alexander, Chair
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Dayna Touron, Chair
College of Arts and Sciences

Omar Ali
Lloyd International Honors College

Janet Allard

Jamie Anderson

Angela Bolte
Lloyd International Honors College

Chris Cassidy

Bill Crowther
Political Science

Keith Cushman
English Emeritus

Nancy Doll
Weatherspoon Art Museum

Kevin Geraldi
School of Music

Keith Gorman
University Libraries

Martin Halbert
University Libraries

Christopher Hodgkins

David Holley

David Huskins
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Lawrence Jenkens
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Janet Lilly

Amy Moore
College of Visual and Performing Arts

John Poole

Terri Relos
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Emily Stamey
Weatherspoon Art Museum

Emily Wiersma
New Student Transitions and First Year Experience

Amy Williamsen 
Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Community Partners