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In the Fall of 2022, Matt Jones’s Oral History Techniques class conducted a set of interviews documenting the stories behind the student unrest on Eastern Michigan University’s campus from 1966-1972. Dave Barsky was a student at EMU in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was a dedicated student activist, and worked closely with others like Frank Michels on the Second Coming. Barsky was represented by the American Civil Liberties Union after getting expelled from EMU, and continued to be an activist leader.

Interview Date

Winter 2-2-2023


Eastern Michigan University, EMU Archives, EMU Oral History Program, student activism, ACLU, SDS, Kent State, Vietnam War, Second Coming, protests

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Dave Barsky, Oral History Interview, 2023