It was 50 years ago that massive student and worker protests brought France to a standstill. The events of May ‘68 and their cultural, political and social consequences remain major and controversial topics in France.
In partnership with Northeastern University and Harvard University, the French Library / Alliance Française of Boston and Cambridge presents “May ‘68 Revisited: The Occupy Movement that Paralyzed France.” This months-long series of exhibitions, discussions, debates, film screenings, readings and other activities presents the viewpoints of authors, photographers, journalists, artists, academics, politicians and others to help you discover, appreciate and understand the impact of the May '68 uprisings.
The series is expected to run from February to May 2018. Check back for updates to the event schedule.
May '68 Revisited - Series Overview
Special Series Opening
The French Library will host a reception to inaugurate the winter/spring series of May ’68 events. Our partners from Harvard and Northeastern universities will be on hand to highlight their activities, events and why they believe the seminal events of 50 years ago remain crucial to examine today.Read More
Exhibition of photos by Marc Riboud
On May 3, 1968, Parisian students took to the street in protests that spread throughout France, quickly engulfing offices, factories and other places of work. This exhibition of works by the late French photographer Marc Riboud reminds us of both the passions of the moment and of the enigmatic playfulness that striking students and workers frequently displayed.Read More
Protest Posters from May '68
Join us on April 3rd at 6:30 PM as we celebrate the opening of the second exhibition in our "May '68" series featuring ten original posters, along with nearly two dozen small reproductions. The talk will be in English.Read More
A Special Screening at the Center
Join us for a special screening of the film Milou en mai as part the May '68 Film Festival in partnership with Northeastern University and Harvard University. Watch as an eccentric family is re-united during the 1968 general strike in France, after the death of the grandmother.Read More