It was 50 years ago that massive student and worker protests brought France to a standstill. The events of May ‘68 and their cultural, political and social consequences remain major and controversial topics in France.

In partnership with Northeastern University and Harvard University, the French Cultural Center / Alliance Française of Boston and Cambridge presents “May ‘68 Revisited: The Occupy Movement that Paralyzed France.” This months-long series of exhibitions, discussions, debates, film screenings, readings and other activities presents the viewpoints of authors, photographers, journalists, artists, academics, politicians and others to help you discover, appreciate and understand the impact of the May '68 uprisings.

The series is expected to run from February to May 2018. Check back for updates to the event schedule.



May '68 Revisited - Series Overview

Opening

May '68 Revisited

Special Series Opening

Thursday, February 1, 2018 6:30 PM To 9:00 PM
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The French Cultural Center will host a reception to inaugurate the winter/spring series of May ’68 events. Our partners from Harvard and Northeastern universities will be on hand to highlight their activities, events and why they believe the seminal events of 50 years ago remain crucial to examine today.

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Exhibition

May '68: When Paris Erupted in Protest

Exhibition of photos by Marc Riboud

From Feb 2, 2018 To Feb 28, 2018
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On May 3, 1968, Parisian students took to the street in protests that spread throughout France, quickly engulfing offices, factories and other places of work. This exhibition of works by the late French photographer Marc Riboud reminds us of both the passions of the moment and of the enigmatic playfulness that striking students and workers frequently displayed.

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Exhibition

The Art of Revolution

Protest Posters from May '68

From Apr 3, 2018 To May 1, 2018
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Join us on April 3rd at 6:30 PM as we celebrate the opening of the second exhibition in our "May '68" series with graphic art historian and author Michel Wlassikoff. Michel will lead a discussion on his book, Mai ’68: l’Affiche en Héritage, and our exhibit of ten original posters, along with nearly two dozen small reproductions.

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Check out our partners' events: Northeastern University | Harvard University

Our Sponsors

This program is made possible thanks in part to Steven Galante, Chairman of the French Cultural Center, Natixis Global Asset Management, the Mosaïque Cultural Fund, and Vinadeis.


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