Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. Tongyai, better known as Tommy the Traveler, came during a time of Vietnam War protests and the counter-culture movement. It was a critical culture moment, one that would forever change Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Episode 1: Setting the Scene details the contextual time for the country and Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the late 1960s before Tommy arrived. It was a time of great upheaval and change for the Colleges with new trends emerging as students were getting drafted into Vietnam. The beginning of the 1970s is when everything changed: the Kent State Shooting was on May 4, 1970, and with it came a fear of radicalism, police, and violence on college campuses that had never been seen before.
The Seneca Scene is the podcast for the Herald and is recorded each week on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.