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HYP AmEx Viewing Party

Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and witf Host | Aug 19, 2009 6:21 PM


The event featured a showing of an American Experience episode, American Experience presents Summer of Love and a discussion, led by Jean-Paul Benowitz, a Professor of History at Lebanon Valley College, on the content of the film.  Summer of Love explores 1967 when thousands of young people flocked to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district only to discover that the counterculture celebration had descended into drug abuse and occasional violence. The Summer of Love was a fleeting moment in the turbulent history of the 1960s. But its underlying message left an indelible impression on those who witnessed it. “1967 represents a touchstone and a turning point for so many people,” say American Experience executive producer Mark Samels. “The Summer of Love was the moment when hippies—and all the beliefs they represented—took center stage and became a cultural phenomenon.”


To view a clip from Summer of Love or to explore the many other features that accompany the film, click here.


This event is the first of many to come in the Central Pennsylvania region and we want to hear from you. If you attended the event and would like to share your experience or are interested in future events revolving around American Experience, please post your comments. We look forward to your engaging and thoughtful discussions.




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