1970: Looking Back on Half a Century

Futuristic photo from 1970s of robot and human hand touching

Class Dates

April 16, 2020 to May 14, 2020

Meeting Days

Thursdays, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.



Course Instructor(s)

Please note that this class has been transitioned into a 5 week, 2 hour synchronous online class scheduled to run from 3-5:30 pm on the following five Thursdays: April 16, 23, 30, May 7, and 14. 

This online course provides an opportunity to step back from the daunting challenges we currently face to reflect upon formative moments in our lives.  In five class sessions we will delve into some of major trends that emerged in the 1970s: 1) How We Think Now will explore how the microchip, ethernet, and personal computer changed how we think and communicate. 2) Sexual Politics will examine how we first became aware of sexism and the politics of gender. 3) The Changing Face of America will review how deindustrialization fueled white working-class resentment. 4) What Should We Have Learned from Viet Nam will consider the interactions of tribalism and globalism from the 1970s to the current moment.  5) Can we evolve fast enough to avoid extinction will examine the ecological consciousness of the generations born since the first Earth Day in 1970. 

Each of our two-hour classes will conclude with an optional half-happy hour (5-5:30 pm)  in which we spend thirty minutes listening and chatting about the music, films, and events of the 70s as a way to renew our historic awareness of how we have responded to and grown from other historic moments in our lives.


Readings and Syllabus

Required Text:

Borstelmann, Thomas. The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality. ISBN-13: 978-0691157917

Other readings on the weekly topics will be made available online to registered students.



Online registration for this course opens on Thursday, April 9, at 10 am.


Location & Parking

This is an online class to be enjoyed from the comfort of your home.