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The San Jose State College Earth Day collection documents the organization of the Survival Faire class project that emerged from a humanities course (160); a study of contemporary issues, led by Dr. John Sperling. The course centered on human ecology, with a very specific focus on pollution caused by the automobile industry and the dependence of American’s use of cars, tires, and gasoline, as well as explored population ecology. The collection includes literature produced by the class to advertise the Survival Faire, including posters, flyers, photographs of the band “Canned Heat,” and the February 16, 1970 issue of the Spartan Daily News. The Faire included two days of panels on various topics that included population, waste, survival and moral order, survival in social order, and the life cycle. The culminating event was the famed burial of a 1970 canary yellow Maverick, which the students fundraised to purchase. The grand procession to bury the “Survival Car”, as it was named, started in downtown Los Gatos and ended at 7th Street in downtown San Jose. In addition to the Survival Faire materials is a small set of photographs of a Spring Invocation and student celebration of the “Vernal Equinox  in 1969.

 
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