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Woodstock 50 Years Later: What It Meant To Society Then & How It Helped Shape The World Today

Jason Rieve
Tom Luljak with guests.

This past week was the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock concert. By now you’ve probably seen some of the media coverage of people reminiscing about what took place on that 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y.

On this edition of UWM Today, we’re taking a different kind of look back — through the eyes of two academics who have some interesting insights of their own on what Woodstock meant to our society then and how the music festival may have shaped the way a lot of us see the world today. Joining us in the studio are Joe Austin, associate professor of history in UWM’s College of Letters and Science, and Keith Carpenter, a senior lecturer in music at UWM’s College of General Studies.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.