Activist Campus: Johns Hopkins University in the Age of Protest

During the late 1960s and the early 1970s, the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University was, like many other American institutions of higher learning, beseiged by protests and calls for reform. Hopkins Students demanded changes across a broad spectrum of progressive interests, and university officials scrambled to respond to a constantly shifting set of priorities and circumstances. Students and administrators struggled and sought to find common ground on problems integral to the health and life of the university- coeducation, black student recruitment and organization, and military recruiting on campus-while other colleges and universities across the country and around the world were facing massive unrest and disruption. This exhibition will tell the story of how Johns Hopkins University, in the midst of a dire financial crisis and located in the midst of a Baltimore resistant to certain changes, sought to navigate through this era of rising social consciousness and student unrest.


By Anne Hollmuller, BA/MA in History '18