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Drekmeier, Charles

Photo of Charles Drekmeier seated at his kitchen table in 2017

Charles Drekmeier 2017

Stanford Historical Society / Natalie Marine-Street
Political Science
Oral History Project: 
Faculty Senate
Marine-Street, Natalie
Interview Year: 
Oral History Type: 

Professor Emeritus Charles Drekmeier, who served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council from 1966 to 1968, describes the general climate at Stanford around the time that the Faculty Senate was formed. He discusses the circumstances that led to his arrival at Stanford in 1958 and recalls how, as a young faculty member with a student following due his involvement in early anti-Vietnam war activism, he was invited to be an at-large member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council in 1966. He offers recollections of key movers in academic governance at the time, including J.E. Wallace Sterling, Albert Guerard, Richard Lyman, Herb Packard, Ernest Hilgard, and Kenneth Arrow, and  recounts memories about organizing the Stanford Teach-In on the Vietnam War in 1965 and the program in Social Thought and Institutions.

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