Student Life Exhibits (2 total)
The mention of "student demonstrations" is most likely to bring to mind schools such as UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and Kent State University, where some of the most well-known protests have taken place. In reality, schools all across America have had significant student protest movements. From the mid-1960's onward a number of Midwestern schools became embroiled in protests over civil rights, the Vietnam War, women's liberation, and the rights of students. Among those schools was Indiana University.
This exhibit showcases archival materials related to major demonstrations, strikes and protests at Indiana University during the 1960s. It presents the rich history of student activism that is an integral part of what IU is today. This exhibit was created in conjunction with the Fall 2011 Themester, Making War, Making Peace.
Student unrest was at a high point in 1970 after nearly a decade of student protests at Indiana University, especially towards the end of the 60's. It was no surprise, then, that this unrest reached a boiling point when President Nixon announced U.S. involvement in Cambodia.
This exhibit documents the events of the I.U. Cambodia Strikes of 1970, including the initial response to Nixon's announcement of U.S. involvement in Cambodia; campus reactions to the Kent State shootings; and the days following the rally. Most of the archival materials in this exhibit come from the Indiana Daily Student newspaper and the Arbutus, IU's student yearbook.