This evening at the Illini Union Courtyard Cafe a panel of experts will present comparisons of historically significant events that occurred in 1968 with our nation’s current racial, political and educational landscape. 1968 was a crucial turning point for the United States and the World, as marked by the end of the civil rights movement and the beginning of the Vietnam War. This year also included a Summer Olympics, complete with Black Power salutes (Beijing made sure to prevent these through use of gagging clauses) and massive clashes between protesters and police at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, mostly due to reactions to the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. University of Illinois speakers include James Anderson, Gutsgell Professor of Educational Policy Studies, Antonia Darder, Professor of Education Policy Studies and Latino/a Studies and author of various books such as After Race: Racism and Multiculturalism, and Belden Fields, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, author of Trotskyism and Maoism: Theory and Practice in France and the United States, and participant in the May 1968 riots in France. The panel will begin at 7:00 and will be moderated by Augusto Espiritu, Associate Professor of History.
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