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Exhibition: Raggers and Radicals: Student Activity and Activism from 1880

Date/Time: Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - Friday, 30 June 2017

Location: Barr Smith Library, Rare Books & Special Collections, Level 1

Cost: Free: All Welcome

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From larrikin behaviour to celebrity kidnappings and extortion, student pranks at the University of Adelaide have been a long-time tradition. The processions of the early 1900s to the 1950s had offended many with their questionable floats which some considered to be in poor taste. The "Prosh" (short for procession) began in the 1950s and saw historical pranks such as the suspension of an FJ Holden under the University Footbridge in 1971.

The 1960s and 70s saw more political activism than previous years, where violent protests took place in the anti-Vietnam War movement. Radical groups such as the Marxist Students for Democratic Action also established themselves to protest the undemocratic nature of university administration. Other movements such as Women's and Gay Liberation began in the radical 1970s.

In more recent times students have found an alternative platform for political discussion and activism in social media. This exhibition was created in conjunction with the University of Adelaide Archives.

Contact: Ms Cheryl Hoskin (email), Special Collections Librarian, Business: (08) 8313 5224

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