Fifty Years of Student Organizing

A young person holds a sign that reads "Gay Power, Black Power, Women Power, Student Power, All Power to the People"Fifty years ago, a University of Minnesota student organization called Fight the Repression of Erotic Expression (FREE) was established. FREE had a commitment to defend what it called “the rights of erotic minorities.” It was among the earliest LGBTQ student organizations in the United States. It was also the first of its kind in Minnesota.

The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of FREE. It features materials from the Tretter Collection. It considers the legacy of student organizing in historical context. Additionally, it invites visitors to wonder about the pasts, presents, and possible futures of LGBTQ and student activism.

Exhibit details

What: Fifty Years of Student Organizing
When: June 17 through September 27, 2019
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, 2nd and 3rd Floor Atrium Gallery
Hours: Open during regular building hours at Elmer L. Andersen Library


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