‘The Bible of the Free Speech Movement’: Hal Draper’s The Mind of Clark Kerr revisited

Johnson, A. (2000) ‘The Bible of the Free Speech Movement’: Hal Draper’s The Mind of Clark Kerr revisited. 19th International Congress of Historical Sciences, 6-13 August, Oslo.

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Abstract

The Free Speech Movement (FSM) at UC Berkeley launched a student revolt which would ‘spread from campus to campus around the world, jumping like electrical sparks from terminal to terminal’ (Harman, 1988:39). This paper excavates a small piece of the hidden intellectual history of the FSM. The Mind of Clark Kerr, a short political pamphlet written by Hal Draper to ‘generalise the issues for the embattled students’, was dubbed ‘the Bible of the Free Speech Movement’ yet its importance is invariably missed in accounts of the FSM. In this paper I examine the immediate political context and influence of the pamphlet which presented a critique of the multiversity and of its theoretician, the UC president Clark Kerr and trace the intellectual roots of Draper’s critique to his development of the theory of bureaucratic collectivism

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Politics
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 14:09
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/1640

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