Tag Archives: Gerald Berreman

Chapter Seven, Escalation, Part I

Chapter Seven ESCALATION As the war escalated in Vietnam, opposition to it escalated on campus. On December 1, 1966 a student strike was called. According to a chronology from the Free Speech Movement Archives website, five thousand students boycotted classes to protest Navy recruitment on campus. What I remember protesting as much as the fact […]

Chapter 8, Meanwhile, Back in the Department, Part I

Chapter Eight MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE DEPARTMENT By the time People’s Park happened, I had been a grad student for three quarters. That I had been admitted at all was clearly another tour de force from Gerry Berreman, but  nevertheless surrounded in some mystery. Billy and Cowan both claimed that they had threatened their mentor, […]

Chapter Six, Wars and Rumors of Wars, Part 2

The Vietnam Day Committee The Vietnam Day Committee (VDC) was the first political organization in which I was involved after my arrest in the Free Speech Movement. I had been greatly relieved when that controversy was over and I was eager to focus my entire attention on becoming, against all odds at that time and […]

Chapter Five, Berkeley: the Center of the World, Part 3

Playtime In spite of the fact that I was working half-time and carrying a full load of classes, I did somehow find time to do and learn things that I never would have imagined I would when I was a lonesome, dateless, bespectacled teenager living five miles outside of Groveland, Florida. My boyfriend Gale was […]

Talking politics

It is possible to see the roots of  my personal political evolution in my parents’ devotion to the Democratic Party, the labor movement and FDR, and that devotion as directly attributable to their status as poor, rural people during the Great Depression. However, this is an academic kind of truth and has only an intellectual […]

Gerry Berreman’s VDC Letter

Below is a letter from my senior and graduate advisor, Gerald Berreman, to the Daily Californian, UC Berkeley newspaper, date unknown.              

Why Anthropology

[For Gerry Berreman, see headings below] I did not officially choose anthropology as my major until after I had been at Berkeley for several years and was forced by the Dean of Students to declare a major, but I believe the roots of my interest in anthropology began in my childhood. The earliest glimmering of […]

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 […]

Vietnam Day Committee

[Gerry Berreman’s letter on the VDC is in a separate post under his name. It is a tagging error I don’t know how to fix] Low woman on the totem pole During my limited free time at Berkeley, I hung around a lot in the anthropology students’  break room on the second floor of Kroeber […]