The 50th anniversary of the epic year 1968 seems to have coincided with the potential birth of another student led social movements originating in the wake of continued gun violence. In the 1960s, the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movements challenged injustice and institutions in the public arena. The Prague Spring, Paris protests of May 1968, and the responses to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in the U.S. are only the beginning in a catalog of events that mark this remarkable movement for activism. Many suggest we are now on the verge of a similar such period.
The student contributors at this Dialogue will address contemporary social movements as they have developed since 1968 and introduce considerations for activism going forward.
2:00-3:00 pm - The Past and Present
Recovering the Spirit of '68
Emily Sheele, NYU Florence
The Religious Right: A Different Definition of Progress
Raj Kittusamy, NYU London
The Right to Die: How We Stand Up for the Students of 1968
Rachel Levy, NYU London
3:15-4:00 pm - The Future
The Shelter Doesn't Take Black Dogs: The Struggle for Mental Health Advocacy in the 21st Century
Robert Boley, NYU London
Alternative for Europe: Countering Right-Wing Movements
Ryan McAteer, NYU London
4:00-4:30 pm - Concluding Roundtable: Prospects for Today
Brendan Hogan, Global Liberal Studies, New York University
This event has been made possible with the generous support of La Pietra Dialogues at NYU Florence, Ellyn Toscano, Executive Director, NYU Florence, Catherine Robson, Director NYU London, and Julie Mostov, Dean, Liberal Studies, NYU.
Special thanks go to Courtney Hopf, NYU London, Scott Palmer, NYU Florence, Fenton Green, NYU London. The event was coordinated by Megan Metters, Coordinator, La Pietra Dialogues, NYU Florence, and Brendan Hogan, Global Liberal Studies, NYU.