James Beniger (1971)

James R. Beniger, Award-winning Scholar, Dies at 63.

Mr. Beniger taught communication and sociology at the University of Southern California and Princeton University and authored a highly acclaimed study of the economic and technological origins of the information society entitled The Control Revolution. He passed away after an extended battle with Alzheimer's disease at age 63.  

Steven Millner (1971)

Sociology captured my intellectual fancy in the 1960s when I discovered its adherents tended to support radical change in America's South. Being a fourth generation ancestor of Freed Blacks from Ohio who had been Underground Railroad supporters that was all I needed to grasp. Going to Berkeley in the early '70s was as good as it got. Those were heady days filled with the competing ideas of Bob Blauner, Neil Smelser, Troy Duster, Hardy Frye, Harry Edwards, Herbert Blumer and so many others.

Jane Grant (1971)

My graduate education in Sociology and my experiences at U. C. Berkeley were profound influences on my life and work. Having grown up in the dense, congested, and largely humanly-constructed environment of New York City, the sheer beauty, color, and quality of life in Berkeley intrigued me from my first moments there. It did not take long for a group in the class of 1971 to begin meeting regularly; we grappled, of course, with the big questions of sociology and life. And many of us from that group, started over thirty years ago, are still friends in frequent contact today.

Erik Wright (1971)

During my time as a graduate student in Sociology at Berkeley from 1971 to 1976 the Berkeley department provided a setting for free-wheeling exploration of politically-charged social theory through student-initiated seminars and study groups, many of which included students from throughout the Bay Area. While there were faculty involved in these things and their encouragement was important, the impulse and intellectual vigor came almost entirely from students.


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