SEATTLE, Wash. — From the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, Hollywood — the nation’s dream factory — generated a small flood of movies that exuded pessimism, cynicism and doubts about the United States. Produced during the height of social unrest during the Vietnam War, many of these movies constituted a second golden age of filmmaking.

Noted American historian and Washington State University professor LeRoy Ashby explores the underlying reasons why these films appeared when they did in a public lecture, “From ‘Easy Rider’ to ‘Apocalypse Now’: Hollywood’s Brief Moment of Doubt.” Ashby’s presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Tacoma Art Museum, Baskin Gallery, 1123 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Lecture is free with the price of museum admission.

Ashby was twice named Outstanding Professor of the Year for the State of Washington by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and received the WSU College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Achievement Award in 1996. He also was the recipient of the Evans Biography Award in 1999 for his book, “Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church.”

For more information about the lecture, call 253/272-4258, ext. 3007.