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Helen Razer: Why 1968 Matters (1968-72: Days of Rage, Days of Hope)

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Helen Razer made her first human noise in 1968. It is fitting, then, that she makes the first noise in this series of forums on that glorious and noisy year. She will speak of the cultural turn and the neoliberal era that placed politics beyond the reach of the people.

Helen Razer is Marxist when she is trying to think and a writer when she is trying to pay bills. She has no children, is not married and is a keen gardener.

Lee Rhiannon will be the MC for the night.

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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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