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Wil Haygood

The 1960s: Why We Are Still Learning from that Unforgettable Decade

Wednesday, March 14 2018 • 7 PM • The Harry T. Wilks Conference Center • Miami University Hamilton

It was the most tumultuous, bloody, fearless, dangerous decade of the 20th century, and it continues to echo upon present day America. But when it came to equal rights and civil rights, the 1960s was the most triumphant decade of our times. Wil Haygood—whose books and journalism have long explored those explosive years in American history—will talk about some of the iconic figures from that era and why they draw his interest, as revealed in his forthcoming book, Tigerland, about an all-black Ohio high school in 1968 that made its way into the history books with grace and glory amidst the tumult.


Wil Haywood is the 2017-18 Patrick Henry Literary Fellow at Washington College in addition to holding a Miami faculty position as Boadway Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Miami University’s Department of Media, Journalism & Film. He has has written seven books, including Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America (2015). In 2013, director Lee Daniels adapted Haygood’s bestselling The Butler: A Witness to History into an award-winning historical film starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker. As a correspondent for The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, he covered events such as Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, the ascent of President Obama, Hurricane Katrina, and his own experience as the hostage of Somali rebels.

Reception to follow.

This event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is encouraged but not required. RSVP online at MiamiOH.edu/Regionals/rsvp or call (513)785-3277.