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CafeLitt 115: May 1968: Reforms, Revolt or Revolution

Thu 9 Apr 2009, 19:00, by Shahdad Heydari, at GSA House: 2030 Mackay,Montreal, QC (Map)

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It was a time of student unrest and student dreams around the world, yet the revolt that shook Paris in may 1968 stood out, perhaps because it seemed more romantic than others, perhaps it came so close to forcing the establishment out of power.
Indeed for an entire generation it was a personal watershed, an explosion of idealism that with the passage of time took the form of nostalgia for the impossible.
What remains today of may 1968. Eventhough it was a political failure for the protesters it had an enormous social impact. What lessons are to be drawn from this event in a time of economic crisis in our stagnating societies.

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CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
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