Mario Savio Biographer at UC Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement Café, 45 Years After FSM Blossomed on Cal Campus, for Panel Discussion Oct. 28


New York University historian Robert Cohen, author of the newly released biography of the late Free Speech Movement leader Mario Savio, Freedom’s Orator (Oxford), will be among the panelists for a discussion on the movement on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 5-7 p.m. at the Free Speech Movement Café, located in the University of California, Berkeley’s Moffitt Library.

The event, which will also include Savio’s widow, Lynne Hollander Savio, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning UC Berkeley professor emeritus of history Leon Litwack, is bookended by the 45th anniversaries of two events that launched the Free Speech Movement, making UC Berkeley a cornerstone of 1960s activism.

On Oct. 1, 1964, on UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza, Savio climbed on top of a police car-in socks in order to prevent marring the vehicle-to protest the arrest of a demonstrator on the Berkeley campus. Students had been resisting the university’s attempts to ban political advocacy on campus.

On Dec. 2, 1964, Savio and 500

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