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Global 1968: Panel with Cornell Faculty (September 5, 2018)

Image of Simten Cosar

1968 has come to be seen as the symbolic date for one of the most influential breaks in the history of the twentieth century. Sudden or incremental, young or multi-generational, academic or activist, intellectual or managerial, quotidian or institutional, transformative socially or in political party systems, revolutionary or reformist, and most likely all of the above to some degree in different places, the critical juncture of 1968 and its global legacies are yet to be assessed. In its fiftieth anniversary, this conversational panel with Cornell faculty presented the short and long term impacts of 1968 on societies around the world, as well as its possible reverberations today. The speakers made brief presentations on the history and legacy of this chronological marker in Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey and USA, among other locations.

A conversation and Q & A  followed, to construct comparative reviews of this moment of cultural upheaval, university protests and civil rights movements. The speakers of “Global 1968” collectively illustrated the simultaneity and migration of revolutionary ideas.


Speakers: Sidney Tarrow (Government, Law); Elke Siegel (German Studies); Raymond Craib (History, Latin American Studies); Larry Glickman (History, American Studies); Simten Coşar (CIES/Einaudi); Iftikhar Dadi (History of Art, SAP/Einaudi); Enzo Traverso (Romance Studies). Moderated by: Esra Akcan (Architecture, CIES/Einaudi)