Conspiracy 8 poster

April 14, 1970 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

The Conspiracy Seven Trial

On the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, activist John Froines and attorney William Kunstler talk about the infamous “Chicago Seven” case in which several defendants, including Froines, were put on trial for inciting a violent riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.


Dr. Benjamin Spock

By Bert Verhoeff / Anefo - Nationaal Archief, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38711396

October 16, 1968 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

Life Patterns in the U.S. - The Vietnam War

An open lecture by Dr. Benjamin Spock on the problem of the Vietnam War, at the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


An American man and woman watching footage of the Vietnam War on television in their living room, February 1968

By Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report Magazine - https://www.loc.gov/item/2011661230/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55623912

October 11, 1968 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

The Media and That War

A campus lecture on media coverage during the Vietnam War by journalist Gene Graham


Ithiel De Sola Pool

By Richard Rodstein - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31955295

February 29, 1968 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

Village Violence and Village Pacification in Vietnam

Ithiel De Sola Pool, head of the political science department at MIT, talks about the Vietnam War and the history of widespread violence in village societies.


Louis Wirth

February 05, 1951 - University of Illinois Broadcast Archives

The Unfinished Business of a Democratic Society

A lecture at the University of Illinois by Louis Wirth, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, on February 5, 1951. The bulk of Wirth’s lecture is about social issues in the United States, but he frames his lecture in the context of U.S. interests abroad, specifically in relation to Russia and communism. He begins with the question, “ are the vital interests of the United States clearly threatened?” He argues that our interests and values should not be defined in relation to communist or Russian interests, and that the core needs and problems within U.S. society are deferred when we focus on vague threats of communism.