Re: [sixties-l] Free Universities

From: robert (
Date: Sun Jun 25 2000 - 00:29:03 CUT

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            you will want to check out ben salem at fordham in the early 1970's. and
    of course, rochdale in toronto. i did a magazine piece on both, but
    memories are dim.

    robert houriet

    At 11:45 AM 6/24/00 -0700, you wrote:
    >One of my seminal experiences during the '60s was being a "member" of the
    >Free University of New York (67-68) first while a student at Brooklyn
    >College and later after dropping out of Brooklyn and moving to the East
    >Village to be closer to the "action". The Free U. movement ( San Francisco,
    >Toronto, others?) helped motivate change in American Colleges. Does anyone
    >know of memoirs written about the Free U. (later Free School) of N.Y.? I
    >remember classes with the likes of Connor Cruise O'brian, Tana deGamez, John
    >Gerrarsi, Tuli Kupferberg etc. (forgive all the spelling errors) as the
    >opening of my enlightenment. It was at the Free U. where I met old IWW
    >veterans of the Abraham Lincoln brigade...those guys who told me: "take it
    >easy, look at the long picture, live to fight another day".
    >I would like to discuss the significance of the Free University movement in
    >the educational history since the 60's. What (if any) lasting
    >results/changes are still around...besides the ubiquitous "student
    >evaluations" that were brought about by the educational philosophies of the
    >'60's. I have heard of offshoots of Free U's such at Pullman, Wa. (WSU)
    >lasting for 30 years or more. Any stories about these? I was not at the
    >Free U. when it closed but I understand the records were destroyed (fear of
    >McCarthyism or worse) and many of the "movers and shakers" went into the
    >Discussions about these type of "point" position institutions (Panthers,
    >Diggers, IWW, Free U's, Suffrage, Acid Rock, SDS, Abolitionists) need to be
    >tempered with the understanding that the "point" always takes the hit and is
    >usually destroyed so that the bulk of society can change. It is ironic that
    >the 60's can both be blamed for causing problems in our society and also
    >blamed for not succeeding to change our society enough. Damned if you win,
    >Damned if you lose. Peace and Love, Mike Garrison,

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