In spring 2017, Steven Galante, the director of the French Cultural Center of Boston, Virginie Greene, professor of French at Harvard, and Mary Lewis, professor of History at Harvard started to talk about a way to re-examine the wave of marches, riots and strikes that leapt from continent to continent fifty years ago. They envisioned a series of panels, exhibits, performances and invited talks as a way to critically, creatively and collaboratively relate the protests of the sixties in France and many other parts of the world to the protests of our times. Colleagues at Harvard and other universities were contacted, and a planning committee started to work in June 2017.
“1968 and Its Legacies” has its roots in conversations between the French Cultural Center and colleagues at Harvard and Northeastern University.
The College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern has built this website for highlighting events and exhibits on the “global 1968” in the Boston area and is coordinating with area institutions to show the breadth of engagement on the French May, its global dimensions, and its legacies for a broad public, for cultural institutions and for students, faculty and staff in higher education and area high schools.
The “Cultures of Protest” website was created in the summer and fall 2017 by Virginie Greene and developers from Archimedes Digital, with funding from the Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities at Harvard. It is administered by Virginie Greene. It functions as a calendar and map of global events commemorating 68 happening in 2017-18, as a library of resources on protests in the 60s and beyond, and as a record of protests happening now. The main goal is not to be exhaustive, but to provide, with the help of users, a network of texts, images, sounds, films, ideas, data, and opinions on protest.