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Suzanne Goldberg Transcript

Conducted by Lisa Rubens in 2000, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.


Photo of Suzanne Goldberg
Suzanne Goldberg speaking at rally.
November 9, 1964.

Suzanne Goldberg was a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at UC Berkeley. She was a representative to the Graduate Coordinating Committee and then a member of the Steering Committee and one of three prominent women leaders in FSM. In 1965 she married Mario Savio and the following year they had a son, Stefan, born with developmental problems. The interview was conducted in Ms. Goldberg’s office in Washington, D.C. where she is a practicing psychologist. In the interview she discusses her upbringing and experiences at Brooklyn College and in SNCC; her role as a teaching assistant at Cal; becoming involved in FSM; perspectives on differing political stances with the FSM leadership; sexism within the movement. She offers insight into Mario Savio’s reluctance to be a leader and his commitment to the democratic ethos of FSM. She is not related to Art or Jackie Goldberg.

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