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Published: Wed Mar 10, 2004

Tennessee Tech University’s Volpe Library and Media Center is one of only 25 libraries nationwide selected to present a free six-part series combining film viewing, reading and discussion about, “The Sixties: America’s Decade of Crisis and Change.”

Open to both students and the community, the series will be held at 7 p.m. each Thursday beginning March 25 and running through April 29 in TTU’s Clement Hall Auditorium, Room 212.

“We’re delighted to have been chosen as one of the pilot libraries for this unique program focusing on one of the most important decades in American history,” said Pat McGee, coordinator of Media Services at TTU’s Volpe Library. “This program allows community members to use in-depth information from documentaries and the expertise of one of our top local scholars.”

TTU history professor Michael Birdwell, who teaches modern American history and film studies, will moderate the discussion of each session’s documentary.

“A library is the perfect backdrop for this discussion because we can offer a full selection of resources for further study of any of these topics,” McGee continued.

Among the topics included in the series are political reform from 1960 to 1964, the Civil Rights struggle, Lyndon Johnson, the counterculture, Vietnam and Richard Nixon.

The program is part of a national initiative of National Video Resources, in partnership with the American Library Association and with major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The project is supported locally by Putnam County Public Library, Upper Cumberland Regional Library, Tennessee Library Association and TENN-SHARE.

For more information, call McGee at 931/372-3544 or e-mail her at