On April 22, over thirty people gathered in the classroom of the United Methodist Archives and History Center on the campus of Drew University. Attendees were treated to a panel discussion on student life at Drew during the 1960s as recalled by participants who either taught at or attended the university. The six-person panel included former professors and students, including Drew’s current Interim President and Interim Dean of Libraries.
The event was part of a course titled “Drew in the 1960s” taught by Dr. Lillie Edwards of the Drew University Department of History. Students from the course were asked to create a list of questions for the panelists to answer. Questions included: “What was student life like during the 60’s?” and “How did the campus respond to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?”
Dr. Matthew Beland, University Archivist, and Dr. Christopher Anderson, Head of Special Collections, Archives, and Methodist Librarian attended the event. They assisted with setup for the panel discussion and brought several items from the Drew University Archives for display during the event. These items included copies of the Drew Acorn, the student newspaper published since 1928, and Oak Leaves, the annual student yearbook produced for the university.
The event was recorded for the Drew University Archives. The following is a recording of the event: