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40 years ago: Board of Regents organized at Haskell

February 16, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 16, 1971:

  • As an experiment to test what life would be like in the year 2000, four dozen people in Louisville, Ky., attempted to live for 54 hours in a small indoor area with “no food, no privacy, only 20 square feet of living space per person, constant noise and light and one lavatory for the entire group.” Twelve of the participants quit before the end of the experiment, citing a need for food or a desire to escape the “hazards simulating overpopulation and pollution.” Charles Aylworth, a graduate student who had organized the project, said, “I firmly believe we have five, not more than 10 years, before we see irreversible changes in the environment. If we don’t do something in this time to stop it we might as well pack up and forget it.”
  • A series of meetings was underway at Haskell Indian Junior College to organize a new board of regents. The 11 board members, elected by tribes throughout the U.S., were meeting with a planning committee to discuss procedures and schedules. An executive board was also expected to be chosen. The Board of Regents was to serve as “a liaison between the Indian people and the Haskell administration,” serving “only in an advisory capacity,” but with their recommendations taking “top priority.”

Comments

Charles_Aylworth 4 years, 2 months ago

Sarah was thoughtful, and contacted me to see if I wanted to comment on her recounting of The Hunger Show. Although most of the predictions that we made about the Year 2000 were somewhat off the mark, it was an interesting and to me valuable, experience in community living. The way that civility and cooperation changed as the stresses mounted was a real lesson in democracy.

I am struck by the quote of mine she chose. Although many of the specific things we were worried about did not have the expected impact, this remark has been proven true, in my opinion. I believe that we have missed the deadline, and that irreversible changes (global climate change) have taken place. In the coming decades, a large portion of the world's population will bear the impact of the developed nations' failure to act. If you think this Winter was bad, just stay tuned, it will get worse.

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