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Michael Lerner Transcript

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

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Michael Lerner

Michael Lerner was a first year graduate student in the Department of Philosophy, on leave from the Jewish Theological Seminary of Columbia University where he had been studying to become a rabbi. Lerner discusses the experience of surrounding the police car and his growing involvement in the Steering Committee of FSM. Lerner organized Students Against Nazi Amnesty and describes the role of Jewish students in FSM. Lerner became a professor of Philosophy at Trinity College. He subsequently left academia and founded the Center for Labor and Mental Health, the New American Movement. [NAM] and Tikkun magazine and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

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