The Madison Reunion

A Party With a Purpose

June 14 - 16, 2018

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Bringing the ‘60s Back Home

They say, "If you remember it, you weren't there," but most of us who passed through Madison in the '60s have deep and lasting memories of the time and place. Madison was a cradle of the counterculture, a rich mix of music, art, politics, history and participatory experience...an unforgettable time of experimentation, innovation and creativity.

The Madison Reunion is planning a "together again for the first time" gathering for June 14 - 16, 2018, at the (newly-renovated) Memorial Union and at venues on campus and around town. Three days jam-packed with panels and performances, films and fun, art and artifacts, meet-ups and memories, tours, tie-dyes and tunes on The Terrace.

It's a party with a purpose! Join our 50th anniversary "cultural Woodstock" to examine where we are, how we got here and what we left behind. Now is the time to bring the '60s back home.

The Madison Reunion

Free and open to all


The Madison Reunion

The Madison Reunion (June 14 - 16, 2018) will bring back former students and teachers to revisit old haunts and meet old friends. It's free and open to the public, welcoming young and old with historic tours and State Street Trolleys, tie-dyes lessons and free dance parties. Visit the city's illustrious past and celebrate its gorgeous present. You won't believe the restaurants!

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The Conference on Madison in the '60s

By Registration Only


The Conference on Madison in the '60s

The Conference on Madison in the '60s (June 14 - 16, 2018) presents three days of meetings, discussions and panels, held at the University of Wisconsin's Memorial Union and available by pre-registration only. It's a destination for all those interested in learning more about the place and the period, whether town or gown, academics or businesspeople, committed participants or simply cultural tourists. See the links to panels and panelists below. You won't believe the music!

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Conference Panels

  • The Peter Pan Effect; Madison's radical theater tradition, with Stuart Gordon, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon and André De Shields.
  • Freedom Riding; Personal memoirs of the Civil Rights Struggle with Paul Higginbotham, Paul Breines and Gwen Gillon.
  • Capturing the Truth: Making Documentary Films; With Peter Gilbert and Errol Morris.
  • What’s so Funny About Madison? The Comedy Connection, with Andy Bergman, Jim Abrahams and Ben Karlin.

  • The Writer's Workshop; With Ann Lauterbach, Scott Spencer and Peter Straub.
  • The State of the 4th Estate; With Jeff Greenfield, David Maraniss and Lowell Bergman.
  • Searching for the Maharishi Within; The radical nature of compassion, with Richie Davidson.
  • The Day of DOW; with Paul Soglin, Vicki Gabriner, Peter Coyote and Stuart Ewen.

Panelists, Speakers and Presenters

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Location: Memorial Union



Madison In The '60s

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