Sylvia Poggioli, National Public Radio’s senior European correspondent, based in Rome, reported this week on the student uprisings of 1968, forty years ago. She reports that “March 1, 1968, has taken on a mythological stature.This was the battle of Valle Giulia, the meadow in front of Rome University’s school of architecture. Some 4,000 students confronted police surrounding the building. It was a violent clash — about 150 policemen and 500 students were injured.By early 1968, most Italian universities were occupied.”
You can read or listen to the story here. The web site also includes photographs, music, and other materials about the events of 1968 and the “Years of Lead” that followed.