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1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969

1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979

1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

(Click on a decade above to see the events for that period.) In 1962, the IU Board of Trustees designated Dunn Meadow as the only space on campus for spontaneous free speech. The trustees might have tried to do students a favor by giving them a space to express themselves. But by designating free speech, they also limited it. The above time line shows how different groups and cultures have used the meadow from 1960 to the present — each expressing their own wishes and remembrances in a single, historical space.

Looking Back
Police, war, sex, power, rock ‘n’ roll: the ’60s at IU

Five years before many of the Vietnam protests, IU trustees designated Dunn Meadow as a place for free speech and protest. But many of the major demonstrations the University witnessed in the late ’60s and early ’70s did not happen in the meadow.

Women’s rights action, activism in Dunn Meadow commonplace

It was a time when very few women had faculty positions at IU. A time when there was no childcare system on campus, no policy to deal with maternity leave and no domestic abuse or rape shelter in Bloomington.

It was a time of isolation —but it was also a time of action.

Dunn Meadow: home to a circus, a runway, a farewell speech

Throughout the years Dunn Meadow has served many different purposes. From the home of Bob Knight's farewell speech to an airplane runway, Dunn Meadow is more than a plot of land. This is the fourth part of the Dunn Meadow series, which focuses on events in the meadow from 1980 to the present. View our interactive timeline here.