Out of Time: REM, Gen X, and Public History
SunDAY, September 12, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST
This virtual gathering is an opportunity for Gen X public historians to connect and reflect on our unique place in American society. Despite the power of music exemplified by the Indie band from Athens turned pop star powerhouses that is REM, Gen X is the smallest generation in modern history, and often marginalized from conversations in the media and in politics. We have a different perspective from those who came before, and those who came after us. Born into an analog world, we transitioned to the digital world, relearning and rethinking the work we were taught to do.
For many of us, the music of REM provided a collective support system for growing up in the 80s and early 90s. There is no time for nostalgia, though, as Gen Xers have entered middle age with student loans, children, and aging parents in tow. How have we reshaped our lives and work in the midst of a global pandemic, climate change, social unrest, and more? Navigating these challenges is a load to bear alone. This virtual gathering offers a space for Gen Xers to reflect on where we’ve come from, and where we might be going.
What happens to a generation when it is never really our time? Are we out of time yet? Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry will be in the room with us, figuratively and musically, as we consider our place in society. Anyone with work experience or interest in public history from this generation is welcome to attend (born 1965-1980). Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Millennials/Gen Y, and Gen Z need not apply. Even if they like REM.