|Transform #4 Launch event:
1968 – La Beauté est dans la rue
Thursday 31st May, 6.30pm
LSE | Room G.03
32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PHTransform – a journal of the radical left – launches a special issue to mark the 50th anniversary of the dramatic events of 1968: the Vietnamese Tet offensive, the Prague Spring, the uprising of the black communities in the US, the revolutionary wave on the streets of Paris in May, all seemed to herald a new generalised advance towards socialism.These events galvanised a generation into political activity. But the hopes raised in this new left by les événements of 1968 were largely unfulfilled, underestimating the power of resistance of the capitalist class. Experience and the unfolding of the class struggle showed revolution in the West was still a long way off.
Fifty years from 1968 the world has moved on; but the fundamental processes that were revealed in that year of tumult are still unfolding. The struggles against imperialism, racism and war continue, as do those for social, political and economic liberation and democracy.
1968 was a turning point in world history, and Transform marks the 50th anniversary by addressing a number of these themes. Come along and hear from the authors, including Marina Prentoulis, Chris Hazzard, Sinn Féin MP for South Down, Michael Wongsam, Francisco Dominguez and Kate Hudson. Chaired by Professor Mary Kaldor.
Refreshments available. ALL WELCOME.
Transform is linked to the transform! network of the European Left and is published by Public Reading Rooms www.prruk.org