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Last month of Lorenzo Cultural Center’s The ‘70s: Heavy, Hip and Happenin’ offers eight presentations, three films, a play, children’s reading, as well as exhibits

– Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:00AM

Topics range from popular cultural to politics to sensational crimes

Macomb Community College’s Lorenzo Cultural Center wraps up The ‘70s: Heavy, Hip and Happenin’ program series with a focus on the popular media of the time, sensational crimes, fashion and politics.

During Sensational Crimes of the ‘70s, Saturday, April 6, author and Northeastern University Professor of Criminology Alan Fox analyzes high-profile serial killers of the era, including John Wayne Gacy and the Hillside Strangler as well as cult leaders Charlies Manson and Jim Jones, to help explain the motivation for the murders and how the perpetrators were caught.

An examination of what we were watching in the ‘70s includes Why Were We Watching Roots, Wednesday, April 10. Macomb faculty member Scott Peller will discuss the enormous popularity of the mini-series and the reasons it drew the largest television audience rating at the time. During Sex, Laughs and Television, Saturday, April 13, author Ken Feil draws parallels between Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and Jacqueline Susann’s sometimes steamy books to shed light on the sexual revolution of the decade.

Three other presentations look at the politics of the time from different perspectives. Author and journalist Jack Lessenberry discusses the factors that led to the rise of Detroit Mayor Coleman Young during Political and Demographic Upheaval in Detroit, Wednesday, April 10.

The oil crisies of the 1970s are put into perspective by Macomb faculty Mark Trueman during The Twin Oil Shocks of the 1970s, Thursday, April 11. Trueman will cover both the 1973 and 1979 crises, the causes and the governmental policies and solutions.

On Thursday, April 25, Michigan State University History Professor Roger Rosentreter will explore the legacy of one of Michigan’s well-known leaders, Philip Hart, during Philip Hart: A Man of Steel. Hart served as lieutenant governor before moving on to an 18-year stint in the U.S. Senate where he earned the nickname “Conscience of the Senate.”

Two light-hearted presentations will wrap up the program series in early May. During RV-ing 1970s Style, Friday, May 3, Tom Dixon and other enthusiasts of the GMC RV built in the 1970s will discuss the vehicle, sharing sketches and pictures of the original clay models and photos of the unique assembly line constructed to accommodate the motor home’s size.

During Flares, Flowers and Funk: Stayin’ Alive in the ‘70’s, Saturday, May 4, bell bottoms, platform shoes and polyester take center stage for this discussion of the wild fashions of the 70s.

While the presentations and exhibits are open to the public free of charge, preregistration is required for the presentations by calling 586.445.7348 or by emailing No registration is required to visit the exhibit. The cultural center hours are Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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About the Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center provides interactive learning opportunities for all ages.  It extends student discovery beyond classroom walls as well as creating multi-faceted opportunities for community members to explore the influences and experiences that shape our heritage.  The cultural center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township. More information is available at

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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