Reconsidering The 60's Generation in the Arab World and Beyond

Yoav Di-Capua, Professor of History at the University of Texas will deliver a lecture titled, 'Reconsidering The 60's Generation in the Arab World and Beyond' on 28 September, Thursday from 5:00 - 6:30pm at Carson Lo1. The event is co-sponsored by Middle Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies. Free and open to the public.

A common understanding of the 1960s is that of an integrated global era marked by a revolutionary quest for self-liberation, transnational solidarity, sexual revolution, radical self-fashioning, anti-imperialism, a renewed understanding of gender and race relationships. But in the Arab world, most narratives portray an image of a failed revolutionary project marked by ideological bigotry, political messianism, personality cults, ethnocentric particularism, economic ruin, and cultural defeat. Are these two images reconcilable? In this talk, I address this question by offering a comprehensive reassesssment of the Arab 60s.