1968 and Its Legacies

1968 and Its Legacies

An Event Series Exploring the Global 1968 and Why It Still Matters

Fifty years ago, the uprising of May ‘68 shook French society to its foundations. Part of a globe-spanning rebellion stretching from Berkeley to Beijing, from Tokyo to Tunis, from Turin to Tashkent, the French May challenged capitalism and imperialism while proclaiming the possibility of a utopian transformation of everyday life. Poignantly, ’68 was also the year of Martin Luther King’s tragic assassination, sparking widespread riots across the United States in parallel to the events in France. The reappearance of the ghost of social revolution in the historic birthplace of the ideas of 1789 and the Paris Commune captured the radical imagination in a way hardly matched at the time or since. What remains of this challenge fifty years on?

Situating May ’68 within its larger context, events and exhibits in this series examine the unique staying power of the French events in historical memory while considering the relevance of the Global 1968 today. Read more about the series.

Upcoming Events

07mar(mar 7)12:00 am30jun(jun 30)11:59 pmOccupying Paris: 1968 and the Spaces of ProtestAn ExhibitJacek E. Giedrojc Gallery

03aprallday02mayalldayThe Art of Revolution: Protest Posters from May 1968An ExhibitFrench Cultural Center/Alliance Française

09apr3:00 pm4:30 pmCultural Diplomacy in Times of Political FermentA roundtable discussionNortheastern University, Renaissance Park Room 909

10apr6:00 pm8:00 pmMay '68 Film FestivalMilou en MaiFrench Cultural Center/Alliance Française

11apr6:00 pmMay '68 Film FestivalLa Chinoise film screening with discussion by Dennis BerryNortheastern University's Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)

12apr4:30 pm8:00 pmMay '68 Film FestivalPierrot le fouHarvard University, Farkas Hall

26apr5:00 pm7:00 pmEmily Apter - Voids in Events: Unexceptional, Micro, and Aesthetic Politics after May ’68Harvard University (William James Hall 105)