In the fall of 1964, UC Berkeley students protested restrictions on campus political activity in a campaign that became known worldwide as the Free Speech Movement.
As the campus celebrates the 50th anniversary of the FSM, four veterans of the struggle, along with the author of two books on the subject — Jack Weinberg, Jackie Goldberg, Lynne Hollander Savio and Robert Cohen — reflect on the movement’s history and legacy on KQED radio’s “Forum with Michael Krasny.” Listen to their conversation here.
In separate coverage, San Francisco Chronicle theater critic Robert Hurwitt discusses a “seismic shift in American culture” that the FSM helped spark, conservative blowback that followed and Joan Holden’s new theater piece, “FSM! The Play.” See “Free Speech Movement at UC sparked change across U.S. beyond.”
For more on the campus commemoration of the FSM, see the FSM50 website.