In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco, California, Northwestern University’s Center for Civic Engagement and the California Historical Society are hosting a three-day, interdisciplinary academic conference celebrating and reexamining the Summer of Love and its associated events, contexts, and implications.  The conference will take place from July 27-29, 2017 at in San Francisco.  




Northwestern University is a private Midwestern university committed to excellent teaching, innovative research and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community. Northwestern recently opened a new space in the Bay Area that will be anchored by the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. 


The Center for Civic Engagement promotes a lifelong commitment to active citizenship and social responsibility among all students through an integration of academics with experiential learning, meaningful volunteer service, research and community partnerships.


The California Historical Society is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.


Planning Committee

Dan A. Lewis, Director, Center for Civic Engagement and Professor, Human Development & Social Policy, Northwestern University

Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, Professor, History, Ethnic Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, St. Mary’s College of California

Nicholas Meriwether, Director, Center for Counterculture Studies and Visiting Scholar, Center for Civic Engagement, Northwestern University

Peter Richardson, Lecturer, American Studies & California Studies, San Francisco State University

Steve Savage, Lecturer, Humanities, San Francisco State University and Executive Director, Blue Bear School of Music

Frederic Stout, Lecturer, Urban Studies, Stanford University


Contact Us

With questions or for more information about the Summer of Love Conference 2017, contact: summeroflove@northwestern.edu.