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Free Speech Movement Café Educational Program Series

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The Free Speech Movement Café Educational Program Series is currently on hiatus.

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The University Library's FSM Café Educational Programs Committee seeks applications for timely, informative, and compelling programs that stimulate discussion on issues that matter, and that exemplify the spirit of critical engagement of Berkeley's Free Speech Movement.

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The program provides funding for UC Berkeley-affiliated individuals (students, faculty, and staff) and campus groups interested in putting on a public forum in the FSM Café.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings.


The FSM Cafe Educational Program Series sponsors 3-5 events per academic year, on a competitive basis. Funding for selected programs typically covers the cost of catering, publicity, and special equipment rental. Travel costs and honoraria for speakers are also considered; estimates of these costs should be submitted in the appropriate space on the program application form.

In addition to program costs, recognized campus organizations receive a stipend of $250.00 for co-sponsoring a program in the Series. These funds are awarded after the successful completion of the event, to groups whose program proposals were selected by the committee.

Selection Criteria

Selected programs will focus on important political, social, or cultural issues of potential interest to a broad audience. Special consideration is given to events that also highlight and encourage student activism and/or engaged scholarship. Other criteria considered include:

  • Demonstration of support (co-sponsorship) from other campus organizations or departments
  • Timing with related events on campus or in the larger community
  • Relevance to special events (e.g., the anniversary of a significant historical event)

Cafe Availability

The FSM Cafe is available for selected events in the FSM Cafe Educational Program Series only. The space is not available for organization meetings, general "open mic" sessions, or other events. Interior seating capacity is 100.