2017 was the 50th Anniversary of the historic Summer of Love in San Francisco, California. To examine the social and historical implications of this event, Northwestern University’s Center for Civic Engagement and the California Historical Society hosted a three-day, interdisciplinary academic conference celebrating and reexamining the Summer of Love and its associated events, contexts, and implications.
The conference took place from July 27 – July 29, 2017, at Northwestern University’s new conference and networking center, located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, the city that was ground zero of the Summer of Love and the home of the Haight–Ashbury, where so much of that era’s celebrated history unfolded.
The conference’s major theme was community, exploring how that idea–and reality–was renewed, explored, interrogated, and reimagined in a multiplicity of ways during the Summer of Love. Broad divisions of that theme included building community; portraying community; analyzing community; healing community; and envisioning community; through a wide variety of means and mechanisms, from activism to the arts, from esotericism to drugs.
Visit the links above to learn more about the Summer of Love Conference 2017.