The 1960’s were a time of vast and unique new social and political movements across the entirety of the United States. It was a time of civil rights revolution, culminating in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, which breathed a new life into his cause. It was also a time of anti-war protests against the Vietnam War, which raged on between 1955 until 1975, and the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961, in particular. However, during this time there was also significant expansion of understanding in the way we think about education and learning.
One result of this was the creation of the Centennial Education Program (often referred to as simply the “Centennial College”) by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in the year 1969. This was a cluster college which incorporated a new strategy of teaching that was based around both the integration of living and studies, and a curriculum designed by students based off interests they expressed.
This web site is intended to document aspects about the origins of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Centennial Education Program between the years of 1969 and 1972.