Senior College program examines ‘Wasteland’ of the 1970s

Alexandria Technical & Community College offering course via Zoom to individuals statewide.

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ALEXANDRIA — The 1960s or the 1980s conjure up clear images of the historical significance of those two decades. The 1970s, however, typically gets no respect.

It has been called the “un-decade” or “a wasteland in between.” An early history of the 1970s was titled “It seemed like nothing happened.”

Alexandria Technical & Community College is offering a Senior College course on the decade and, because it will be conducted via Zoom, is opening the program to individuals statewide.

Ken Jones, professor of history at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, will lead the course, examining how the nation lost its sense of American exceptionalism. The class will explore the changing nature of the U.S. economy, implications for the working class, how the battle for equal rights moved to busing and then lost the nation’s attention as the lines of residential segregation hardened.

The course begins Jan. 12, meeting from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 28. All sessions are live via Zoom.


A single per-person registration fee covers all six lectures in the session. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 1-888-234-1313, or visit The class requires a minimum of 30 people registered by Dec. 31.

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