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Polk's STEP student to dish on sexual revolution

Birth control advocate, Bill Baird Baird publicly displays birth control devices considered "indecent articles"  by Wisconsin law in Albee Hall, 1971

UWO is happy to welcome back Samantha Smith, a former Polk Library STEP student, who is speaking on March 6th as part of Women’s History Month activities.  Smith, who worked for a year in the archives, is presenting Dusty Sex: Bringing the Sexual Revolution at UWO out of the Archives at 6 p.m. March 6 in Sage Hall 1232. The presentation is based on Smith’s research and subsequent exhibit entitled Flaming Love: The Sexual Revolution Arrives at Oshkosh. Flaming Love is still on display outside the University Archives on Polk’s 3rd Floor South wing.  Smith’s research focused on the changing perceptions and policies governing student sexuality in the 1960s and 70s.  The project covers on-campus living and health services as well as examples from the university press. Polk Library is co-sponsoring the event along with the Women’s Center, Student Health Center, History Club and History Department.

To check out Smith’s work, visit the online version of her exhibit at or visit the 3rd floor.  And be sure to stop by to hear Smith speak at 6pm on March 6th in Sage 1232. 

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Ranger, Joshua P on February 28, 2014
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