The Ohio State University Alumni Association

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A year that changed our world

Explore the lessons and legacy of 1968 through the stories of alumni and faculty who were on campus during that pivotal year.

The Buckeyes play in the Jan. 1, 1969, Rose Bowl

A year of tragedy and triumph

The events of 1968, both at Ohio State and across the nation, were extraordinary.

John Sidney Evans

Video: John Sidney Evans '70

Evans describes the aftermath of the April 26, 1968, protest at Ohio State and how he reflects on his role in it, 50 years later.

Video: Ohio State President Michael V. Drake

Drake reflects on the historic moment of 1968 and on the opportunity to thank the former students for paving the way for future generations.

Ohio State University alumna LaQuita Henry

'We’re doing something really important'

An alumna recalls her role in a 1968 protest in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

Ohio State University alumni Marty and Mike Radtke

'It was a different time then'

Revisit an unforgettable weekend in 1968 when Marty Radtke was giving birth to twins and Mike Radtke was playing for the Buckeyes.

Four O'Clock Balloon frontman and Ohio State University alumnus Wayne Sheppard

'What a magical night'

Go backstage with an alum who fronted psychedelic rock band The Four O'Clock Balloon while he was a student at Ohio State. Hint: Jimi Hendrix shows up.

Police outside The Ohio State University Administration Building in 1968

Video: Students protest on the Oval in 1968

Will you recognize a classmate or professor in this film of a protest on the Oval in 1968?

Ohio State alumnus and retired administrator Bill Shkurti

Video: WOSU’s “Columbus Neighborhoods”

View an episode of "Columbus Neighborhoods" about Columbus in the Vietnam War era, featuring commentary from alumnus and retired administrator Bill Shkurti.

Marine Corps recruiters and protesters at Ohio State in 1968

Letters to the editor: Voices from 1968

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the events of 1968 that shaped both Ohio State and the nation, we’re dedicating this edition’s letters to the editors to voices from that year.

Ohio State University professor and chair of the Department of African and African American Studies Simone Drake

'We must remain conscious of what makes this unit distinct'

Simone Drake, a scholar of culture and literature, lays out her vision for the future of the Department of African and African American Studies, which was forged in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Ohio State University alumnus and University of Pittsburgh professor Louis Maraj

'I would hope that we’re becoming more skeptical'

Louis Maraj, a professor of English and alumnus of Ohio State, discusses the evolution of the language of protest and why technology demands we think skeptically and critically about the messages we receive every day.

Buckeyes quarterback Rex Kern playing during the 1968 season

'We felt the turmoil'

Legendary Buckeyes quarterback Rex Kern recounts what it was like to be in college, playing football for Woody Hayes in 1968 when the world outside was tumultuous and at times tragic.