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Media Advisory

Events planned for the 40th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement

30 September 2004

ATTENTION: Memo to Reporters

Contact: Media Relations
(510) 642-3734

The 40th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley, is being commemorated with a number of events the week of Oct. 4-10. Events are being planned by the campus, the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) and Free Speech Movement veterans.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall, the 2004 Mario Savio Memorial Lecture will feature syndicated columnist and author Molly Ivins. Ivins will discuss U.S. politics with Orville Schell, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. Free tickets will be available on Lower Sproul Plaza on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5 p.m. the day of the event.

The major celebration of the week is planned for Friday, Oct. 8, at noon on Sproul Plaza. It will feature a number of speakers, including Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont. The celebration is a combined effort of the ASUC and Free Speech Movement veterans. Other speakers will include ASUC President Misha Leybovich, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, and state Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, who was a Free Speech Movement leader. The noon celebration will be followed by several teach-ins focusing on current civil liberties issues. They will run from 1:30-4 p.m. in and around Sproul Hall.

A full list of events being planned by the ASUC and the Free Speech Movement veterans is at www.fsm-a.org/stacks/FSMat40/program.html. (Note that changes to the week's schedule continue to be made.)

Among other events that week:

Monday, Oct. 4, the airing of the film, "Berkeley in the 60s" at 12 p.m. at the Free Speech Movement Cafe on campus.

Thursday, Oct.7, a panel discussion, "Berkeley and the Black Freedom Struggle," from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 56 of Barrows Hall. From 6:45-9:30 p.m., a discussion at International House will focus on the Free Speech Movement, its genesis, meanings and consequences.

Friday, Oct. 8, a panel discussion, "Effective Strategies of Change II," from 9:15-11:45 a.m. in Room 160 of Kroeber Hall.

Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 panel discussions exploring current civil liberties issues. They begin at 10 a.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union. From 7:30-11 p.m., a folk music hootenanny is scheduled in the Pauley Ballroom.

Sunday, Oct. 10, a Free Speech Movement veterans' gathering in Strawberry Canyon.


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