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Campus protests cost the class of 1970 its commencement. now COVID-19 has taken away its 50th reunion.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

Campus protests cost the class of 1970 its commencement. now COVID-19 has taken away its 50th reunion.

The 1970 student protests were the culmination of years of frustration by students who pushed back against the era’s gender norms and advocated for racial equality. “It wasn’t just the war,” said David S. Meyer, a sociology professor at the University of California at Irvine who studies social movements. “There was a lot of sense that the institutions were failing.”