50 Years Since 68

 


50 YEARS SINCE 68: THE GLOBAL AND THE LOCAL 
a symposium

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 

5:30pm-7:00pm
OPENING RECEPTION
The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02912
Edward Steinfeld and Brian Meeks - Welcome
President Christina Paxson - Remarks
*Invite Only*

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1

 8:30am-9:00am
REGISTRATION and CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST  
George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House
155 Angell St., Providence, RI 02912 

9:05am-9:35am
OPENING REMARKS - Brian Meeks and Edward Steinfeld

9:45am-11:20am
PANEL 1: BLACK POWER and CIVIL RESISTANCE at HOME and ABROAD
Paget Henry - Moderator
Robyn Spencer - From “Mississippi Goddamn” to “Damn Vietnam”: Recovering Black Radical Anti-imperialism During the Era of Global ‘68
Françoise Hamlin - Anne Moody’s Coming of Age in Mississippi: Fifty Years Later
Rupert Lewis - October 16, 1968-From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney and Beyond

11:25am-11:40am
BREAK

11:45am-1:00pm
PANEL 2:
 THE LATIN AMERICAN '68
Keisha-Khan Perry - Moderator 
James Green - (Homo)sexuality and the Brazilian Revolutionary Left in 1968: a View from the South 
Elaine Carey Plaza of Sacrifices: The Complexities of Power and Change in 1968 Mexico

1:00pm-2:30pm
LUNCH

2:40pm-3:40pm
PANEL 3DISTURBANCE 1968 - documentary of the 1968 events in Kingston, Jamaica
Matthew J. Smith Filmmaker
Rupert Lewis - Moderator

3:45pm-5:00pm
GUIDED TOUR - UNFINISHED BUSINESS: THE LONG 
CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
357 Benefit Street, Providence, RI

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

8:30am-9:00am
REGISTRATION and CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST  
George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House
155 Angell St., Providence, RI 02912 
 
9:00am-9:10am
WELCOME - Brian Meeks

9:15am-10:50am
PANEL 4: ROOTS OF RADICAL SOLIDARITIES
Robert Self - Moderator
David Farber, American Radicals in 1968: Revolutionary Politics and the Problem of Scale and Scope
Corey Robin, The Black Nationalism of Clarence Thomas’s Right Turn
Jeremy Varon, 1068: Liberation, Solidarity, Hope   

10:55am-11:10am
BREAK
 
11:15am-12:50pm
PANEL 5: RISINGS IN THE WEST: RISINGS IN THE EAST
Tricia Rose - Moderator
Matthew Guterl - Commitments: Race and Solidarity, Memory and the Troubles
Edward Steinfeld - “The World is Yours”, Revolution and Redemption in Maoist China
Kostis Kornetis, A Decentered 1968? The Authoritarian European South in the “Long 1960s”

12:55pm-1:40pm
LUNCH                               

1:45pm-3:00pm
PANEL 6: THINKING ABOUT the THINKING of ‘68
Brian Meeks - Moderator
Lewis Gordon - Thinking Black Political Thinking Since ‘68
Ronald R.A. Judy - Power to the People, the Question of Riots and Popular Sovereignty

3:00pm-3:50pm
PLENARY CONVERSATION 
BEYOND the CONJUNCTURE: YESTERDAY, TODAY and TOMORROW
Brian Meeks – Moderator


50 Years Since 68: An Initiative of the Department ​of Africana Studies/
Rites and Reason Theatre

2018 is the 50th anniversary of important and pivotal moments in history. 
50 Years Since 68 ​is a year-long initiative that reflects on the meaning and significance of that remarkable year and examines the state of the world a half-century later. For Africana Studies at Brown University, it is also 50 years since the 1968 Walkout of black students and their allies that protested the small number of black faculty and the absence of a black studies curriculum. The University's response led first to the formation of Rites and Reason Theatre in 1969 and then the Afro-American Studies Program, which eventually became today's Department of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre​.

Beginning in the spring of 2018, the department presented its first three 50 Years Since 68 events: a Launch Reception where we welcomed faculty, students and partners; the first screening of new film: The Stand: How One Gesture Shook the World, a revealing exploration into circumstances that led Olympic runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos to take a stand at the 1968 Mexico City Games; and Music of 1968: A Change is Gonna Come, a four part series highlighting the music and movements of 1968.

In September, 50 Years Since 68 continues with an open course, AFRI 1968: A Year in Review, that explores and analyzes the contentions, confrontations, and changes the events of 1968 brought forth with consequences that continue to resonate into the present; Upending the Ivory Tower: Brown University and the Black Freedom Movement Book a book talk and signing by Stefan Bradley; and Walkout! a spoken word performance recollecting the memories of the Black Student Walkout of 1968 at Brown University.

On November 1st and 2nd, ​in partnership with the Brown University Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Africana Studies will convene a symposium 1968: the Local and the Global to reflect on the significance of 1968 and explore its impact on world history through today.

50 Years Since 68 ​will culminate in Spring 2019 with a major keynote speaker, sponsored by the Office of the President, Christina Paxson reflecting on the past, the uncertain present and proposing possible paths for the near future. 

All of our 50 Years Since 68 events and programs are FREE and Open to Everyone with generous support from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Office of the President, Christina Paxson.

For more information, please call (401) 863- 3137 
or email africana_studies@brown.edu.  

Spring 2018

Launch Reception 

A watershed moment in history. 

A series of scholarly, performative & celebratory events that examines and reflects on the significance of the year 1968. 

May 10th | Churchill House, 155 Angell St. 

Screening of new film: The Stand
How One Gesture Shook the World 

A revealing exploration into circumstances that led Olympic runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos to take a stand at the 1968 Mexico City Games 

May 17th | George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space
 
Click here for trailer. 

From the producers of "Bannister: Everest on the Track," named by IndieWire as one of the Best Sports Documentaries of All Time. 

 

 

 

 

A Change is Gonna Come: The Music & Movements of 1968
FOUR NIGHTS OF LISTENING & CONVERSATION 
Forums focused on listening, appreciating & reflecting critically on the music of '68. 

WEDNESDAY |  05.23.18 
REGGAE with IBO COOPER, co-founder THIRD WORLD BAND 
Grammy nominated keyboardist, composer and producer, Ibo Cooper and band plays live for listening and dynamic discussion around historical and political perspectives of Reggae. 

THURSDAY | 05.24.18
JAZZ with ERIC JACKSON, host of WGBH'S Eric in the Evening 
Award winning Dean of Boston Jazz Radio, Eric Jackson spins moods, colors, rhythms with the spontaneity of jazz evoking active listening and lively discussion around the importance of Jazz and Jazz artists of 1968. 

FRIDAY | 05.25.18
POPULAR DANCES with VICKI MEEK, activist 
Black popular music in the late 60’s began to reflect the politics of the time and the dances of the day exhibited movements that emphasized power and creativity. Vicki Meek demonstrates some of these dances and provides cultural context in this interactive session. Come to “shake a tail feather”! 

SATURDAY | 05.26.18
R&B & SOUL with DERMOT HUSSEY, Sirius XM Radio Host 
Satellite Radio Pioneer and Sirius XM Host and Musicologist, Dermot Hussey spins iconic music and discusses songs with meaning, their social context of protest and pride. This cluster of music between primarily between 1966 to 1970 is good listening and fuels dynamic conversation. 

FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE

Interviews between the featured participants and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs can be found here

50 Years Since '68- Music is sponsored in part by the Office of the President Brown University, and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

Fall 2018


AFRI 1968: A Year in Review

An undergraduate course that unpacks the events of 1968 developed by Prof. Fraçoise Hamlin.

For more information visit https://cab.brown.edu 

Upending the Ivory Tower: Brown University and the Black Freedom Movement
Book talk and signing by Stefan Bradley 

Thursday, September 20 4pm - 5:30pm Brown University Bookstore

For more information about the author and the book, click here.

Walkout! a spoken word performance

Recollection of the Black Student Walkout of 1968 at Brown University
Conceived by Sheryl Brisset Chapman'71 | Directed by Elmo Terry-Morgan'74 | Produced by Rites and Reason Theatre in partnership with the Brown-Trinity MFA Program

Part of Black Alumni Reunion Weekend hosted and organized by Alumni Relations and the Inman Page Council (IPC).

Saturday, September 22 | 5pm - 6:30pm Salomon 101

50 Years Since 68: The Global and the Local

One of the highlights of a year of critical reflection on the significance eof 1968, this symposium 50 Years Since 68: The Global and the Local will feature leading scholars from across the disciplines of Africana sttudies, postdoctoral studies, comparative politics, sociology philosophy, literature and history. They will explore, in open conversation, the global scale of 1968, the impact of that year, the lessons to be learned from its tactical successes and failures, and the possible pathways that social and political movements might travel in the near future.  

Full Schedule above. 

Thursday & Friday, November 1 -2
Churchill House BassPas- 155 Angell St., Providence, RI 


Spring 2019 

Keynote Address 

Date TBD | Brown University 


Additional Resources 

The Art of Social Protest 

Following A Change is Gonna Come: The Music & Movements of 1968, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs conducted interviews with artist, activist, critic, and curator Vicki Meek, reggae musician and educator Ibo Cooper, broadcaster and musicologist Dermot Hussey, and the "dean of Boston Jazz Radio" Eric Jackson. Take a listen to the conversations about dance, reggae, jazz, race, and the connections between social protest and art.

The podcast can be found here.

 

Trending Globally: 1968

Take a listen to a discussion betweem Brian Meeks, Chair of Africana Studies and Ed Steinfield, Director of Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs reflecting on 1968. "Trending Globally: 1968", explores a year marked by anti-establishment, anti-war counter culture movements. 

The podcast can be found here.

 

1968: Power to the Imagination

The following conversation between Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Claus Leggewie highlights the social climate of France in May of 1968-- a time of social upheaval, of ancient regime vs. youth, system vs. movement, order vs. anarchy, in part led by 23-year old university student, Daniel Cohn-Bendit.

The article can be found here.