68 + 50: A Summer of Programming Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of 1968


68 + 50

Public Media Institute and Illinois Humanities launch of a summer of programming commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1968


CHICAGO, JULY 25, 2018 –1968, a year of great social, political and cultural change in our city and around the world.  Public Media Institute, in partnership with Illinois Humanities is marking the 50 year anniversary of the Democratic National Convention protests in August 68 by curating events, exhibitions, radio programming, and the publication of Lumpen magazine, bringing  communities together to talk about the future of the past.


See below for a calendar of events taking place across Bridgeport and beyond from 8/17-9-16/2018


Friday, August 17, 11 am – 1 pm

Hitting Left Radio Show

Co-Prosperity Sphere

3219 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Extended version of the popular Lumpen Radio show, hosted by 1968 activists Fred and Michael Klonsky. In-studio guests include: Omar Lopez, a ’68 Young Lords activist; Mary Scott-Boria, a former member of the Illinois Black Panther Party; Rev. Slim Coleman, a community organizer and leader of SDS; and others.


Friday, August 17, 6-9 pm

Opening reception for “Scenes of Resistance in 1968 Chicago: The Photo Archive of K. Kofi Moyo”

The Research House for Asian Art

3217 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60608


Free / open hours 1-4 p.m. Monday to Friday through August 31

 The exhibition highlights the work of Chicago-based photojournalist K. Kofi Moyo and mines other sources for figures, scenes, and texts reflecting resistance and opposition in Chicago circa 1968. Curated by Romi Crawford.

Thursday, August 23, 7-9 p.m.

“Flight of the Pigasus”

Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar

960 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL 60608




A re-staging of the infamous “Pigasus” press conference held at what is now Daley Plaza on August 23, 1968, in which the Yippies nominated a pig for the president of United States. This moment of political theater set off almost a week of political unrest and remains a key memory of the counterculture. Fifty years later, “Pigasus” flies again in a live theatrical event that uses the 1969 Chicago Eight trial as a frame for re-examining this story and the benefits and limits of using theater, performance, and disruption to effect political change. With musician Bill MacKay as musician and Yippie Phil Ochs; City of Chicago historian Tim Samuelson as Judge Julius Hoffman; National Lawyers Guild lawyer Jerry Boyle as defense attorney William Kunstler; author Pat Thomas as Tom Foran; artist Dmitry Samarov as magazine artist Franklin McMahon; Petunia the Pig as Pigasus; and Judy Gumbo and other witnesses of 1968 as themselves.


Friday, August 24 – Monday August 27th 7:30 p.m.(performances each night)

“The Radicalization Process”

An original performance by The Hinterlands

Co-Prosperity Sphere

3219 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607




Layering historical accounts of the radical left in the 1960s and ‘70s with a master class in American method acting, socialist pageantry, and a gleefully obtuse reproduction of The Living Theatre’s “Antigone,” this production from Detroit-based company The Hinterlands stokes the embers of America’s past revolutions to ignite our radical potential. Audiences begin the performance sifting through the archive of a forgotten revolutionary, navigating histories true and false, real and imagined, before they make their way into the performance space, a safe-house within a 1970s bungalow. Imagery unfolds both mundane and shocking; a live-score is performed on analog synthesizers and everyday objects; “L’Internationale” is sung; an explosion occurs.


This show runs for four nights, Friday the 24th – Monday the 27th at 7:30 pm each night.


Saturday, August 25, 5-9 p.m.
Pigasus Beer Release and Pat Thomas reading from “Did It! From Yippie To Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary.”

Marz Community Brewing Co.

3630 S. Iron St., Chicago, IL 60609




Join us as we release a collaboration beer made with Illuminated Brew Works to honor the 50th anniversary of the Yippie nomination of Pigasus for president. Pigasus, the beer, is a strawberry milkshake double India Pale Ale with Lactose and vanilla.

In conjunction with the beer release from 5-7pm, we will be hosting a reading by author Pat Thomas from his new book, “Did It! From Yippie To Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary.” Steve Krackow will also conduct a short Q and A with Pat.

The book is not only the first biography of the infamous and ubiquitous Jerry Rubin — co-founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War activist Chicago Eight defendant, social-networking pioneer, and a proponent of the Yuppie era — but an overstuffed chronicle of Rubin’s life (and ours) through those tumultuous times, including correspondence with Abbie Hoffman, Norman Mailer, John and Yoko, Eldridge Cleaver, the Weathermen, countless candid photos, personal diaries, and lost newspaper clippings. Thomas interviewed more than 75 of Rubin’s friends, foes, and comrades, including Chicago Eight defendants, participants in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Paul Krassner, Judy Gumbo, John Sinclair, Rennie Davis, and many others. It reveals Rubin’s and the Yippies’ historical yet bizarre personal interactions with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Timothy Leary, Charles Manson, Mick Jagger, and other iconic figures of the era, and explores the often-misunderstood relationship between Rubin and his partner-in-crime Hoffman, with new insights into their Yippie vs. Yuppie debates.


Sunday, August 26, 1-4 p.m.

Chicago ‘68 Trolley Tour

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614


$40, $30 for museum members, SOLD OUT


Explore why 1968 is still recalled as a pivotal time in this country and this city with guides who witnessed history firsthand: Michael Klonsky, former national secretary of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and Susan Klonsky, an activist in SDS and the women’s liberation movement. The 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago was the focus of major protests against the Vietnam War, and confrontations between demonstrators and police were televised, giving rise to the chant “The whole world is watching.” The tour starts in Lincoln Park, heads to the West Side, and then the Michigan Avenue and Grant Park area to revisit the scenes of that turbulent summer.


Tuesday, August 28, 9 am – 12pm

“The Whole World is Still Watching”

UIC Great Cities Institute

UIC Student Center, 750 S. Halsted St., East Illinois Room




On the night of August 28, 1968, thousands of activists headed for the Democratic National Convention to protest the Vietnam War. Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley dispatched an army of police officers. Activists appealing for peace were greeted by nightsticks and tear gas,.The protestors chanted, “The whole world is watching.” Fifty years later, the world is still watching. In the age of Black Lives Matter, Me-Too, Time’s Up, and Families Belong Together, that iconic moment offers lessons and raises questions about war and peace, state-sanctioned violence, and police brutality. How have militarization, surveillance and technology changed protest?

On August 28, exactly 50 years later, UIC’s Great Cities Institute will host a program exploring these themes. Participants include organizers of the 1968 protests who will bring personal accounts, including reflections on the period leading up to that day. Key to the discussions are questions about the role of social protest in a civil society.


Wednesday, August 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

“Speaking to the Devil: Adversarial Styles in American Politics from Buckley and Vidal to Today” with The Point Magazine

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607




In 1968 at the national party conventions, William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal — two ideological and personal rivals — debated the issues of the day and traded insults. The Point presents a conversation about the explosive political spectacle that presaged the culture wars and today’s polarized media landscape. Following a short screening, Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland, and Modern Age editor Daniel McCarthy will discuss the Buckley-Vidal debates and their historical context and relevance today in a moderated conversation led by Timothy Crimmins. At a time of deep division, it’s worth asking: Has there ever been civil discourse in America?


Friday August 31, 6 -10pm

Opening for “Work for the People (or Forget About Fred Hampton)”

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607


Free / open hours Tuesday – Thursday and Saturday 12- 6 p.m. until September 16.


“If you ever think about me, and if you ain’t gonna do no revolutionary act, forget about me. I don’t want myself on your mind if you’re not gonna work for the people.” — Fred Hampton


“Work for the People” is an exhibition of local and national artist/revolutionaries (under)mining the radical histories and exploring the implications of the events of 1968 for today’s struggles and those in the (sometimes deep) future.


Artists include: Brandon Alvendia, Sofia Cordova, Damon Davies, Jim DeRogatis, Jim Duignan, Chris Duncan, Lise Haller Baggesen Ross, Robby Herbst, Just Seeds, Jason Lazarus, Jesse Malmed, Nicole Marroquin, Jennifer Moon, Emilio Rojas, Anthony Romero and Josh Rios, Stephanie Syjuco, Dan Wang, Work / Play, Derrick Woods-Morrow, and Latham Zearfoss.


Sunday, September 16, 2 -6pm

“Chicago Overground: Live on Worldwide FM”

Co-Prosperity Sphere

3219 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

coprosperity.org and worldwidefm.net


Join musicians, MCs, historians, DJs & dancers for a four-hour program inspired by the musical legacy of AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), the Black Panthers, and the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). Co-curated & co-hosted by Vocalo’s Ayana Contreras, Lumpen Radio’s Alejandro Ayala, and International Anthem’s Scottie McNiece, the program will be broadcasted live on video via UK radio legend Gilles Peterson’s global platform Worldwide FM, as well as over the terrestrial radio airwaves of WLPN-LP Chicago (105.5 FM, Lumpen Radio). Experience the past, present & future of Chicago music with a survey of revolutionary sounds from the city around 1968 and a showcase of contemporary cutting-edge artists working in the spirit.



May-September 2018

Unfinished Business: 1968-2018

Uri-Eichen Gallery

2101 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60608


A five-month exhibition and events series exploring the many ways the struggles of 50 years ago are the same struggles of today in Chicago on the anniversary of the release of the 1968 Kerner Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. Programs include:


July 13, “There Goes the Neighborhood! The Fair Housing Act of 1968 – Segregation, Affordability and Gentrification of Chicago in 2018”

August 10, “Vote With Your Feet! Failures of Electoral Politics”

September 14, “Walkout! 1968 and 2018 School Walkouts”


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