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A World in Revolution: 1968 - Now

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Maritime Union of Australia

365-375 Sussex Street

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Sydney, NSW 2000

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Historians now write of the the cultural and political revolutions of the "long 1968". The panel will explore the contemporary relevance of the global revolts against imperialism, racism, dictatorship, consumer capitalism, sexual repression, work, environmental degradation and patriarchy in the 60s and 70s.

Panel consists of:
Sylvia Hale - former Greens member of the NSW parliament
Arthur Rorris - secretary of the South Coast Labor Council
Anne Picot - longtime anti-war and social issues activist
Padraic Gibson - a co-editor of Solidarity magazine and a Senior Researcher at the Jumbunna Institute, UTS
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During 1968 - at the height of the Vietnam War - every continent was marked by youth radicalisation and student revolts, often reverberating among the working population and Indigenous peoples. It gave rise to new political demands centred around grassroots democracy. The women's liberation movement began to emerge as did a widespread concern with our living environment. It was a time of global revolution that continued into the 1970s.

In one sense it may have failed, but in another it changed the world.

On the 50th anniversary of the spectacular student uprising and the three-week general strike in France, this four part series of forums will pose the question of what can we learn from these formative times.

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