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Free speech movement

The Free Speech Movement began on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley in 1964 under the leadership of Mario Savio[?], a mathematician.

The controversy began when on September 14, 1964 Dean Katherine Towle announced that existing University regulations prohibiting advocacy of political causes or candidates, signing of members, and collection of funds by student organizations at Bancroft and Telegraph would be 'strictly enforced'

After much disturbance, the University officials slowly backed down. By January 3. 1965 the new acting chancellor, Martin Meyerson[?], established provisional rules for political activity on the Berkeley campus designating the Sproul Hall steps an open discussion area during certain hours of the day and permitting tables.

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