Bill Riess ’57

Pete Seeger may have performed on campus more than once, but sometime between 1955 and 1956, in the aftermath of the McCarthy reign of terror, we invited him to give a concert at Wesleyan, and he accepted our invitation.

This was in the era when compulsory chapel (for faculty as well as students) had been liberalized to offer alternatives to chapel in the form of attending classical music concerts in the Chapel, certain public lectures and a concert series in which students such as myself played a role in developing.

As I recall, the Seeger concert was a rousing success with no red-baiting that I can remember.

(Read more about Seeger at Wesleyan.)