1968: The Ambiguous Consequences of a Failed Revolution

Presenter: Todd Gitlin, Columbia University
free and open to the public
William Pitt Union Assembly Room
3959 Fifth Avenue
Pgh, PA 15223

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