The Teach-in movement was a method of non violent protest against the U.S. government's
involvement in Vietnam. The idea was inspired by a Professor Marshall Sahlins who taught anthropology at the University of
Michigan at Ann Arbor. Staff of the University had originally wanted to strike to protest the war, but under pressure from
the institution and the U.S. government they opted for participation in teach-ins. The idea was to allow a forum for opposition
towards the war. Students and faculty would meet at night in university facilities to argue, ask questions, challenge assumptions
and learn about the Vietnam war.
The strategies and tactics of the Teach in movement soon spread to colleges throughout the country, including
PSU. There students addressed mostly campus issues, such as dress codes, curfews, dormitory regulations, and mandatory Reserved
Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs. At Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, students marched merely as "an expression
of general student discontent"
With the onset of the Vietnam War, the students suddenly found a galvanizing issue. At campuses across the
country, American youths joined together to protest the war.