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Barbara Epstein Transcript

Conducted by Lisa Rubens in 1999, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2014.

 
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Barbara Epstein was a student at Radcliffe College. She received a phone call from a fellow SNCC [Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee] member at 6 a.m. the morning after the sit-in around the police car at Berkeley. By 9 a.m. she had helped organize a picket of Harvard's administration for the right to pass out leaflets supporting off-campus political action. By 1 p.m. President Nathan Pusey granted that right. In this interview Epstein discusses: the influence of FSM on political organizations at Harvard; gender discrimination at Harvard and in SDS [Students for a Democratic Society]; her left political background and membership in the Communist Party; feminism and the CP; graduate studies at UC Berkeley. Epstein is a professor in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz.


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