The Legacies of 1968

The year 1968 was a watershed bringing about radical political and social changes internationally. These changes took place in response to and in solidarity with anticolonial and anti-imperial wars of self-liberation and self-determination being waged in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America during the 1950s and 1960s. Too often the solidarity among these movements, deemed so threatening that the COINTELPRO systematically clamped down on it, has been whitewashed from the historical accounts of the long sixties. Avoiding nostalgia, this panel reconsiders the solidarity and the legacies of 1968 with an eye to the present and future. That is, following Sylvia Harvey, we are analyzing this historical moment “moved by the need to view it and review it in the hopes of constructing a future as well as a past.” Avoiding, too, declensionist narratives about the sixties, this panel revisits the legacies of 1968 and considers what lessons and promise the era holds for the present and future.

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Room 106
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Christina Gerhardt