“The free speech movement” will be the focus of a discussion at New York University’s Tamiment Library, 10th floor of the NYU Bobst Library (70 Washington Square South) on Monday, October 14, 6:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, celebrates the publication of the book The Free Speech Movement: Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s (University of California Press), co-edited by Robert Cohen, associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Steinhardt School of Education at NYU; and by Reginald E. Zelnik, professor of history, University of California, Berkeley.
The event features book contributors Margot Adler and Greil Marcus, and editor Robert Cohen. Adler is a correspondent for NPR and has been reporting for the public radio station since 1978. She is the author of Drawing Down the Moon and Heretic’s Heart: A Journey through Spirit and Revolution. She graduated from Berkeley in 1968. Marcus attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate in 1963-67 and as a graduate student in 1967-72. He is the author of The Old, Weird America and The Dustbin of History. He lives in Berkeley. Cohen, the director of NYU’s Social Studies Program, received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1987. He is the author of When the Old Left Was Young: Student Radicals and America’s First Mass Student Movement, 1929-1941.
The Free Speech Movement is the authoritative volume on Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement of 1964. Drawing from the experiences of many movement veterans, this collection of scholarly articles and personal memoirs illuminates in fresh ways one of the most important events in the recent history of American higher education.
The Tamiment Library, housed on the 10th floor of the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, is a unique center for scholarly research on the history and culture of American radicalism and labor. Tamiment’s many collections document the history of the anarchist, communist, labor, radical, feminist and socialist movements in the U.S. from the Civil War to the present. In addition to housing over 25,000 books, 6,000 periodical titles, 300 manuscript collections, and 3,500 hours of audio tape, the Library has more than one million pamphlets, leaflets, clippings, and related collections of posters, graphics, videos, and artifacts.