“1968: From the My Lai massacre to Yellow Submarine” talk

    September 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    UA Special Collections library
    1510 E University Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85721

    A presentation by Tom Miller, author and travel writer

    “Where were you—or your parents—50 years ago? Many people took part in the anti-Vietnam war movement, hoping to bring pressure on the government to pull out of Vietnam through underground presses and demonstrations. According to Tom Miller, the critically acclaimed writer and author of Cuba, Hot and Cold and The Panama Hat Trail, the underground press was a “joyously sloppy endeavor made up of people who knew little about journalism but had strong feelings about the war and the cultural life it spawned.” Miller, who witnessed the violence surrounding the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention in the aftermath of the Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinations, will present a talk about his activities in the underground press and how the rest of the country reacted to the anti-war movement. In 2002, the University of Arizona Special Collections acquired Tom Miller’s archives, and some materials from this collection will be included in the 1968 in America exhibit.

    Free and open to the public.”

    Questions or requests regarding disability-related accommodations should be directed to Kathy McCarthy (520-626-8332,

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Blast from the Past: Prof. Tom Miller spoke about the many events of 1968, including (of course) the assassinations of MLK and Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, and the Vietnam War and even sports highlights. Then many people in the large audience of Baby Boomers remembered their own past and what they were doing in 1968. My German husband related that his family went out & bought travel clothes, in case the Russians invaded West Germany. Retired professor Alfred Quiroz spoke of the trauma of losing buddies in the Vietnam Conflict. Others spoke of their role in the peace movement. There were trying times in 1968.


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