Category Free Speech Movement

Chapter 4, The Free Speech Movement, My First Bust, Part I

Chapter Four THE FREE SPEECH MOVEMENT I first heard about the Free Speech Movement from my lunch-mates at Oakland City College. We had already been following the Mel’s Diner, “auto row” and “hotel” sit-ins in San Francisco that brought on the FSM, and we were excited that these events meant that now one need not […]

Jentri Anders Radio Interview on FSM 50th Reunion

50 years ago Below is a link to a KHSU (Humboldt State University) radio show Dec. 5, 2014 in which I am interviewed by host Eric Kirk on the 50th anniversary of the FSM sit-in and bust, UC Berkeley, Dec. 3, 1964. http://khsu.streamguys.net/10002.mp3 Some visuals:  Mario on the car. Mario makes a point.   Jack […]

My First Bust, the Free Speech Movement

The Runup By the time I got to Oakland City College, in January 1964, I was well on the road to what we used to call “radicalization.” (We were still calling it OCC even though the name had been changed to Merritt College that year in anticipation of closing the campus near Berkeley and opening […]

Thirty years later

On December 3, 1994, I was in Berkeley attending the 30-year reunion of the Free Speech Movement. I went for myself and, though it was an emotional roller coaster from start to finish, I had no regrets about having gone. I reconnected with friends who had moved my life, was cured of torches carried far […]

Leaving Berkeley-pix

During my last semester at Berkeley, the department requested that graduate students submit a photo for the “departmental album”. I had no idea that the album would be used by potential employers and no one bothered to explain it to me. I could not fathom why all my heretofore rebellious colleagues were paying big bucks […]

Random but Heavy Memories

Dragged out like a lady Consistent with my status as a “token follower” in the film Berkeley in the Sixties, I never did anything remotely resembling leadership and only spoke out voluntarily at a public meeting once, story elsewhere on this blog. I can, however, claim a few more or less unique experiences, even though […]

Reaction to the FSM

[For Gerry Berreman, see headings below] One of the side-effects of student activism that was reinforced by the Free Speech Movement was a broader discussion of the role of the university in society, which included arguments as to the definition of a university, what a university education should look like and what the role of […]

Leaving Berkeley

The article below was published, as my interview indicates, just before my family and I sold most of our belongings, stored the rest in my daughter’s grandmother’s basement, sold our new station wagon, bought an old Chevy pickup with a shell camper on it and hit the road. One of the authors, Richard Cowan, was […]

Shades of Gump: leaders I met, sort of

Although I can say I did actually meet several of the principals and “talking heads” in Berkeley in the Sixties, during the sixties, it was definitely in passing and they would never remember it. It was a purely Forrest Gumpian experience each time, except that I’m sure that, unlike Gump, I had no influence on […]

Free Speech Movement documents

The letter below was written by an anthropology colleague of mine two years after the Free Speech Movement, addressed to the anthropology faculty. It is speaking to a political event other than the FSM, the specifics of which I can only guess from the context like everyone else, since there were so many events I […]