Bachelor of Arts
Renee Romano, Chair
The Free Speech Movement, Norman Jacobson, Existentialism, Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus, Authenticity, Commitment, Responsibility, 1960s, Radical politics, Mario Savio, Political theory, Clark Kerr, Multiversity, University of California, Berkeley
Norman Jacobson, a renowned political theorist at the University of California, Berkeley, experienced firsthand the radical campus politics of the 1960s. Through an analysis of Jacobson's letters, speeches and lectures, this thesis seeks to reconstruct the way Jacobson understood and experienced the 1964 Free Speech Movement. Jacobson attempted to authentically face an overwhelming political crisis at the university. Ultimately, Jacobson knew he must take a stand in response to the student protests. By simply focusing on the concrete political action Jacobson did take, however, one risks overlooking the complexity of his political thought.
Gardner, Kai, "Into the Fray: Norman Jacobson, the Free Speech Movement and the Clash of Commitments" (2015). Honors Papers. 259.