Odyssey special event: "The Pivotal Year 1965"

Was 1965 a turning point in U.S. history? If so, how and why? Among key events, we will examine a crest of the civil rights movement and the first commitment of U.S. combat units to Vietnam. How were the crucial decisions made? Why did Dr. Martin Luther King start the year in Selma and end it in Chicago? What happened to President Johnson's speech at Howard University in June, promising recompense for history's cumulative injustice to African-Americans? Was the Immigration Reform Act of 1965 as significant as the Voting Rights Act? We will touch also on cultural shifts such as the Moynihan report on black family structure, the posthumous autobiography of Malcolm X, and a lasting change in the image of cities. Finally, we will explore a pattern of 50-year intervals in racial history: 1865, 1915, 1965, 2015.

910.759.01 Homewood Campus Wed., Oct. 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission. For more information or to register, contact 410-516-8516.