Student writing during this period reflects the profound social changes underway in America.  Women students arrive in 1970 and women join the English faculty, beginning with Professor Susan Blake in 1974.  African American students enroll in larger numbers than ever before and find their voice, issuing a manifesto in 1969 calling for an end to racism on campus. The Marquis scores a literary coup with a lengthy interview of Carson McCullers in 1964.  English 1-2 is renamed “Ideas and Expression” in 1959, and the word “theme” is dropped from the course description.  The Lafayette Writer’s Workshop is founded in the mid-1960s to bring students and faculty together to read and discuss their writings in progress.

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