Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A14. 1968: The Year The World Exploded

The world has rarely, if ever, witnessed a year like 1968. Across the U.S. and around the globe, events erupted to shake the prevailing system. This FYS will investigate this tumultuous year by focusing on various cities around the world and the events that erupted there—including Saigon (the Tet Offensive), Memphis (the assassination of Martin Luther King), Prague (the Prague Spring and the Soviet invasion), Paris (the Paris student uprising), New York (the Columbia student uprising), Los Angeles (the Robert Kennedy assassination), Chicago (the ’68 Democratic convention), Atlantic City (the Miss America demonstrations), and Mexico City (the Mexican student uprising and the Summer Olympics). We will do this through works of history, literature, and popular culture.

Alexander BloomAlexander Bloom
Professor of History