UIC Hosts Panel Discussion To Look Back At 1968 Democratic National Convention

Craig Dellimore
August 28, 2018 - 7:49 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The University of Illinois-Chicago is hosting Tueday morning a look back at the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention held here in Chicago. And one organizer said there are many lessons still to be learned from that time.

The chant “The Whole World’s Watching” came to symbolize the protests outside and the turmoil inside the 1968 Democratic National Convention. And Teresa Còrdova, director of UIC’s Great Cities Institute, said a panel of experts and people who were there will talk about what the event meant.

During Vietnam war protests and the violent police response, some said the demonstrators should love America or leave it.  Còrdova said the response then was “love it enough to change it.”

"Sometimes we have polarization because we only see things as one thing or another and not all the complexities in between," she said.

She sees parallels with today.

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