1968: The Global Revolutions

About the Exhibition

“1968: The Global Revolutions” is a digital exhibition drawing on a wide range of archives held in the collections at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library. From Hanoi to Harlem, Czechoslovakia to China, Memphis to Paris, the yearlong crises of 1968 rocked world communities with an epoch-making series of political explosions. In late April 1968, “The Revolution” came to campus at Columbia University. “1968: The Global Revolutions” traces the connections between those worldwide upheavals, linking them together to demonstrate how many local and national movements looked to peers and comrades in other countries, campuses, and communities. The exhibition was timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of those events. It appeared in the spring of 2018 in the Kempner Gallery of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University. Funding for the exhibition and related programming was provided by the Office of the Provost, the Department of History, and the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History.


This exhibition was curated by Thai Jones, with assistance by Meredith Levin, Jocelyn Wilk, Jennifer G. Rhodes, Ben Serby, and Olivia Rutigliano. Vanessa Lee created the exhibition designs and graphics. Metadata and project management assistance was provided by Melanie Wacker, Meredith Self, and Violeta Ilik. Digital photography was done by Christopher Antkowiak and Enrique Ortiz. Special thanks to Ann Thornton, Sean Quimby, Frank Guridy, and Ellie Robertson for supporting the Global 1968 project. 

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