This collection encompasses 50-plus years of interviews, readings, speeches, and reports on the vibrant literary scene in Minnesota. Not only home to giants F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis, our state has an array of incredible contemporary poets, novelists and playwrights. Their words make up majority of this collection.
Repeatedly being named the “Most Literate City in the United States,” the Twin Cities has played host to numerous visiting national writers via book tours, festivals, and lectures. Many recordings of these are also included.
This project was funded by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission.
July 1, 1968 - Eugene McCarthy reads his own poetry to a group of students (possibly St. Johns)
March 31, 1971 - Dr. Otto Strasser, prominent early Nazi who soon broke with Adolph Hitler gave a free public lecture at Macalester College.About speaker: Dr. Otto Strasser was a German politician and member of the Nazi Party. Otto Strasser, together with his brother Gregor Strasser, was a leading member of the party's left-wing faction, and broke from the party due to disputes with the ‘Hitlerite’ faction. He formed the Black Front, a group intended to split the Nazi Party and take it from the grasp of Hitler. This group also functioned during his exile and World War II as a secret opposition group. Strasser is author of "Flight from Terror", "Hitler and I" and "Germany of Tomorrow"
April 4, 1971 - Benjamin Spock speaking at Augsburg College. Address was in honor of the Minnesota 8, sponsored by the Minnesota 8 Defense Committee. Topics of Spock’s address were on politics, social injustice, environment, and health. Spock’s speech was initially interrupted by women right’s protesters, reading excerpts from his book that the protesters viewed as marginalizing women.
May 9, 1971 - "The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution" is a 1971 collection of essays by Ayn Rand, in which she argues that religion, the New Left, and similar forces are irrational and harmful.
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January 1, 1972 - Marvin Granger and Gerald Vizenor discussing the case of Thomas Whitehawk. Marvin Granger has spent two years looking into the case of Thomas James Whitehawk, an American Indian from South Dakota who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Gerald Vizenor is a Native American writer.
February 15, 1972 - Corporations and war was the subject of six days of seminars and discussion by a number of nationally known war critics, scholars and former military and corporate employees at the Newman Center near the University of Minnesota. Speakers included Robert Bly, Le Anh Tu, Fred Branfman, Richard Oakes, Noam Chomsky, Michael Tanzer and G. William Domhoff.
April 30, 1972 - Dr. Rollo May's lecture entitled "The Courage to Create" given at Central Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul as part of The Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research memorial "Paul Tillich: Celebration of a Life".
May 1, 1972 - Rosemary Dahlen interview with Buckminster Fuller. Fuller believe that global resources can support the entire population with higher standard of living, using current technology.
May 1, 1972 - Paul Gruchow interview with Father Lorrie Gavin and his sexuality and his vow of celibacy.