Serendipity Talk: 1968 – A People Divided, A Country on Edge

1968 was a year marked by seismic shifts in American politics, social movements, global relations, and cultural icons that changed the modern landscape. It was a tumultuous one; the assassinations of RFK and MLK, the Vietnam War and violent Civil Rights protests. But ‘68 was also a shining moment packed with the progress; man saw from space planet Earth; more Americans were going to college, science and technology were making major advances, and women’s movement accelerated.

Carl Weichel has held various positions over his career in marketing, design, and advertising in Australia, South Africa, Canada, and San Francisco, and continues to consult. Carl has led OLLI study groups on Political Polarization, The 1960s, Eastern Religions and Philosophies, and Our Hidden Brain. Kimberly Weichel is a social entrepreneur and nonprofit leader in the fields of women's leadership, cross-cultural dialogue, citizen diplomacy, and peace-building. She has co-led OLLI courses on The UN and The 1960s.

Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 3:30-5:00 PM
Location:   Online via Zoom
  *Registrants will be e-mailed the Zoom invitation the morning of the lecture.

This talk is free of charge but you must register in order to receive a Zoom invitation. The registration deadline is Thursday, October 8 at 8:00 AM.

To help the lecture to go smoothly, please click the link in the Zoom invitation by 3:25 PM.

Because this talkmay have 100+ participants, the settings are different than for OLLI study groups.

  • All attendees' microphones will be muted.
  • Questions will be taken at the end of the talk for the speaker. Questions will be managed through the Chat function in Zoom. (See instructions below.) OLLI staff will read each question and the speaker will answer the question.

Zoom Chat Function

  • At the bottom of the Zoom screen in the center menu to the right of "Share Screen" is the Chat icon (above the word "Chat" is an icon of a quote bubble).
  • Click on "Chat." A white dialogue box will appear to the right of the video.
  • Type a question and hit Enter.
  • Note that you will only be able to submit a question to the Meeting Host or to Everyone. You will not be able to chat privately during the meeting.


If your video is on, everyone can see you and anyone else in view of your camera.