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The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973

The purpose of the project is to document the experiences, background, and life trajectories of participants in “the Movement,” the term used by group leaders to describe a diverse collection of activists that coalesced at and around Stanford University from about 1963 to 1973, especially although not exclusively in opposition to the Vietnam War. Project organizers aim to further document the Movement’s political objectives and activities and its social and cultural milieu; to illuminate the interconnections between various activist groups and issues; and to share lessons learned with new generations of activists. They also hope to record the impact of the events of that time on participants’ personal identities, careers, and ongoing political involvement as well as their impact on Stanford and the surrounding community.


The project steering committee was comprised of: Janet Cooper Alexander, Margie Cohn, Art Eisenson, Jeanne Friedman, David Pugh, Merle Rabine, Dave Ransom, Lenny Siegel, and Marc Weiss. Merle Rabine served as project coordinator.


Support for this and other Stanford Community History Toolkit projects was provided by the Stanford Associates, the Stanford Historical Society, and the Stanford University Archives. More information about activism at Stanford is available in Spotlight.

Oral Histories

2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Ira Arlook, a graduate student in history at Stanford during the mid-1960s, shares memories of his activism during his student days and throughout his career. Arlook describes becoming involved with Students for a Democratic Society while an undergraduate at Tufts University, his growing awareness...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Hanley, James
William Black (1972 BA Nineteenth Century Thought) shares memories of his involvement with anti-Vietnam War activism at Stanford between 1965 and 1972. Black briefly describes his family background and education in Cincinnati and at a boarding school in Massachusetts before coming to Stanford...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Ochavillo, Vanessa
Randolph Nelson Bonner (1968 BA Art), the son of a Stanford faculty member, speaks about growing up around the Stanford campus, his decision to attend Stanford, and his participation in the antiwar movement. He reflects on how he struggled internally to justify pursuing a college degree and...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Hanley, James
Bill Bower (1973 BS Human Biology) shares memories of his time at Stanford during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Bower begins by describing his upbringing in Venezuela, where his parents worked for oil companies. He recalls his arrival at Stanford in 1968 amidst growing activism on campus and...
2019 | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Interviewer: Culhane, Molly
In this interview, Dr. Elizabeth H. Braunstein discusses her involvement with activism at and around Stanford in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She discusses her early involvement with activism, including as a participant in the demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the Pentagon. She talks...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
In this interview, recorded during the 50th reunion of the April Third Movement, Marjorie Cohn (1970 BA Social Thought and Institutions) talks about her experience as an anti- Vietnam War activist and the beginnings of the women’s liberation movement at Stanford. In particular, she describes her...
2019 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Interviewer: Ochavillo, Vanessa
In discussing his campus activism, Arthur M. Eisenson moves through his involvement with the Stanford Committee for Peace in Vietnam (SCPV), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Venceremos and the Revolutionary Union, and the April Third Movement (A3M), especially the sit-ins at the Applied...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Ochavillo, Vanessa
In this interview recorded during the 50th reunion of the April Third Movement (A3M), Gini Faller (1973 BA Political Science) describes her progressive upbringing and her activism in the anti-Vietnam War and women’s liberation movements while at Stanford. Recalling an atmosphere of pervasive...
2019 | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Interviewer: Haye, Amanda Eve
Gerry Foote discusses her role as an anti-Vietnam War organizer at Stanford University from the late 1960s through the early 1970s. Foote explores her work with the Bay Area Revolutionary Union and Venceremos, the gender dynamics of radical campus movements, her role in the Henry Cabot Lodge...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Rabine, Merle
Jeanne Friedman (MA Political Science, 1964; PhD Political Science, 1969) talks about the Graduate Coordinating Committee and graduate student organizing at Stanford, her participation in campus antiwar protests, and her role as an informal spokesperson for the movement. Reflecting on the origins...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Ochavillo, Vanessa
Ned Groth (1973 PhD Biological Sciences) shares memories of his time as a graduate student in biology at Stanford, including his participation in anti-Vietnam war protests, his switch from neurophysiology to environmental research, and the impact that his Stanford Workshops on Political and Social...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Hanley, James
Hal Hamilton (1970 BA Social Thought) shares memories of his activism at Stanford and in the wider Bay Area during the late 1960s. Hamilton describes his Midwest upbringing and exposure to activism through his brother’s work on civil rights in the South. Turning to his time at Stanford, he recalls...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Hanley, James
Vivian Holley (1968 BA History; 1969 MA Education) speaks about her experiences as a Stanford student during the late 1960s. She recalls how living in the co-ed Grove House, with Professor Mark Mancall as the resident faculty fellow, inaugurated her activism, describing the Grove House community as...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Ochavillo, Vanessa
Kent LeRoy Hudson graduated from Stanford University in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in history. In this interview, recorded during the April Third Movement’s 50th anniversary reunion, he describes his upbringing and recalls his experiences as an organizer with the civil rights and anti-Vietnam...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Alumni
Interviewer: Ochavillo, Vanessa
Robert Jaffe (1972 PhD Physics) shares memories of his involvement in the founding of the Stanford Workshops on Political and Social Issues (SWOPSI); his attitudes about the Vietnam War, education, and social change; and his participation in a demonstration against the Stanford Research Institute (...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973, | Project: Black Alumni Stories
Alumni
Interviewer: 2019
In this interview conducted during the 50th anniversary reunion of the April Third Movement (A3M), Joann Johnson (1971 BA Communication) speaks about her family background, the path that led her from Bakersfield Community College to Stanford, and her participation in antiwar and other activism as a...
2019 | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Interviewer: Hayes, Amanda Eve
INTERVIEW CLOSED UNTIL MAY 2022 Glenda Jones, former employee of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and former president of United Stanford Employees, discusses her involvement in various activist causes during the 1960s and 1970s. Jones highlights her work with the union, her involvement in...
2020 | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
SRI
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Georgia Kelly is a former employee of the Stanford Research Institute. In this interview, she talks about how meeting intellectually and politically engaged Stanford graduate students led to her activism against the Vietnam War and recalls her involvement with various campus and local groups,...

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