1968: The Ambiguous Consequences of a Failed Revolution

Thursday February, 8 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Todd Gitlin, Columbia University
Event Location: 
WPU Assembly Room

The multiple uprisings of 1968 challenged authorities worldwide, and led to many reforms, but the insurgents misunderstood the nature of their insurgencies, and this misunderstanding drastically limited their effects. They did not add up to a revolution. Rather, in their multiplicity, they were something far more complicated and ambiguous: the culmination of an era of incremental progressive change, a signal of the collapse of conventional liberalism, and a prologue to deep cultural changes as well as grim backlash