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Bernard Stein Transcript
Conducted by Lisa Rubens in 2000, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2014.

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Bernard “Buddy” Stein was a graduate student in the Department of English and had been active in civil rights demonstrations in the Bay Area. He discusses the politicization of graduate students during, and their increasing commitment to, FSM and his role in the Graduate Coordinating Council. At the time, Buddy was married to Susan Stein, a graduate student in Comparative Literature and both were leaders in the strike against the university after students were arrested for sitting in at Sproul Hall.  Buddy describes his own arrest and his subsequent involvement with the students’ legal defense.  He chaired the first meeting of the Free Speech Union and reflects on rise and decline of the Union and the growth of the New Left. Stein was active in the anti-war movement, SDS and the Third World Strike at Berkeley. At the time of this interview he was publisher and editor of Riverdale Press—the Bronx, New York community newspaper founded by his father. In 1998 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism for his editorial writing.

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