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3 December 1964

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The 1960s were the years of the great civil rights demonstrations; one of the great battles was freedom of expression.

Today we are talking about a particular episode that occurred in 1964 at the University of Berkeley, the same one that gave rise to the "Free Speech Movement".

S speaks of the years of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and, above all, of the war in Vietnam. This terrible war caused thousands of young Americans to align themselves with the front line.

The claim began when one of the most renowned American institutes, the University of Berkeley, decided to ban anti-Vietnam war demonstrations on the university's property.

This ban had the opposite effect to the desired one: it enlivened one of the first mass acts of civil disobedience which saw the participation of a great many students, who protested for their freedom of expression. Later, 800 university students were arrested by the police on December 3, 1964, after an attempt to occupy the building used as the university administration.

The most interesting question, about this episode, is certainly the reaction that triggered throughout the West and the world. Initially, a crisis arose against the university system, but soon it also became a social and political battle. The contagion was great, immediate and undeniable.

The period of the Sixties is, as we are reminded today, a period of civil struggles to claim a fairer, less classy, sexist and oppressive world, but more democratic and egalitarian, against a society based mainly on consumerism and profit.


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    Giulia Geneletti

    Laureata con lode in Scienze Politiche presso l'Università degli Studi di Milano, curiosa, intraprendente e sempre motivata da nuove avventure ed esperienze. Ha svolto diverse esperienze lavorative, formative e di volontariato in Italia e all'estero. Si interessa di politiche pubbliche, relazioni internazionali, comunicazione politica, affari europei e di consulenza.
    Giulia è entrata nella community di Mondo Internazionale nel Giugno 2019 ed ha da allora ricoperto diversi ruoli sia di redazione che di direzione. Ad oggi è Direttore di Mondo Internazionale HUB, all'interno del quale ha dato vita al progetto di MIPP, l'Incubatore di Politiche Pubbliche di Mondo Internazionale.


    Graduated with honors in Political Science from the University of Milan, curious, proactive and always motivated by new adventures and experiences. She has had several work, training and volunteer experiences in Italy and abroad. She is interested in public policy, international relations, political communication, European affairs and consultancy.
    Giulia joined the Mondo Internazionale community in June 2019 and has since held various editorial and management roles. To date she is Director of Mondo Internazionale HUB, within which she gave life to the project of MIPP, the Public Policy Incubator of Mondo Internazionale.

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