Posted: June 6, 2019
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Woodstock & Rock n Roll

The giant Woodstock Music and Art Fair, described at the time as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” became one of the most important milestones of one of the most eventful eras in modern history. We will explore Woodstock, its origins and its significance – placing the epic rock event in the larger context of the tumultuous times in which it occurred.

Presented by Andrew Hunt, a Professor of History at the University of Waterloo.

Fifty Years Over the Rainbow : the Stonewall Riots and the legacy of Judy Garland

On the afternoon of June 27, 1969, Judy Garland’s funeral was held in Manhattan. Later that same evening in Greenwich Village, violent demonstrations erupted at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay venue in the city when it was raided by police. The Stonewall Riots are widely considered to be the catalyst of the modern gay rights movement, while Judy Garland’s sustained connection with the gay community has only increased since her death. We’ll discuss the legacies of Judy Garland and the Stonewall Riots and how they continue to influence modern gay culture and society at large.

Presented by Michelle Johnston, a PhD student at Wilfrid Laurier University in history, with a focus on twentieth century American social and cultural history

Discussing Homophobia Through the Ages

Bruce Walker traces homophobia from its origins through European criminal law to the present, including the impact on indigenous societies and colonialism in Canada. The criminal law has been, and continues to be, the cornerstone of oppression of sexual minorities. This history is vital to understanding the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in 1969, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1985, and the Apology to LGBTQI2S+ Canadians in the House of Commons in 2017.

Presented by Bruce Walker, LGBTQI2S human rights activist and lawyer.