MFJMCE Conversations on Europe: Understanding the "Gilets Jaunes" in France

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Venue:FIU - MMC - Green Library Resources Center - GL 156



'Gilets Jaunes in France: The Yellow Vests'

For the first installment of Conversations on Europe for 2019-2020 academic year, please join us for an interactive virtual roundtable discussion on the "Gilets Jaunes"

The gilets jaunes, or yellow vests, are members of a grassroots political movement that began in France in October 2018 with widespread protests disrupting travel for months.

During this session, our panel of experts will not only discuss who the gilets jaunes are and what they were demanding, but also the larger contexts of French street protests, European politics, and the role of digital activism in organizing the movement.


  • Sheri Berman, Department of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Cole Stang, Freelance Journalist, Paris
  • CĂ©lia Belin, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

Moderator: Jae-Jae Spoon, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

At FIU, the video conference will be held in the Green Library Resource Center - GL 156

Hosted by the European Studies Center, a Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh

Co-sponsors and participating centers: The Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University, the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at the University of Florida and the European Uniuon Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Image Made possible through generous support from the European Commission