1968 was tumultuous by any standard.  The My Lai massacre in Vietnam took place on March 16.  A few weeks later, on April 04, Martin Luther King was assassinated.  Then, on June 05, Robert Kennedy was shot and died a day later.  Colleges and universities have traditionally been refuges from the world’s turbulence.  But, in those years, the turbulence rolled onto their campuses.  Questions of what Americans valued and how Americans should adjust to a world in tumult could not be left to court chambers, legislative bodies, or quiet seminar rooms.  They were being battled out in the streets. 

In October, Buckminster Fuller created his own turmoil on the Auburn campus when he delivered the first Franklin Lecture (to become the Littleton-Franklin Lectures decades later) and gave the Auburn community one of its earliest introductions to the unsettled relationship of human beings to their environment. More

Last Updated: July 25, 2013