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Berkeley’s Bravest: The Cal Scholar Who Inspired Hemingway’s Spanish Civil War Hero

Six feet, two-and-a-half inches tall, rangy and handsome, Robert H. Merriman was 23 years old when in the fall of 1932 he began studying at UC Berkeley for a Ph.D. in economics. A fellow student in his department, John Kenneth Galbraith, called him “the most popular of my generation of graduate students at Berkeley. … Later he was to show himself the bravest.” Read more about Berkeley’s Bravest: The Cal Scholar Who Inspired Hemingway's Spanish Civil War Hero »

From the Spring 2016 War Stories issue of California.

Researching Discontent: Here’s Why a Regime May Need—and Secretly Want—Protests

“Do you really want to have secret informants in every single village?”

It’s a question Peter L. Lorentzen has pondered quite a bit. After all, he’s an expert in uncovering discontent among the masses within authoritarian regimes. Secret informants, he asserts, are expensive and not always accurate. So the world’s dictators are likely using other tactics. Read more about Researching Discontent: Here's Why a Regime May Need—and Secretly Want—Protests »

From the Spring 2015 Dropouts and Drop-ins issue of California.

My Commie Parents: Their Radical Past Wasn’t Exactly Secret, But It Was Past

wasn’t quite a red diaper baby. More like a pink diaper baby. Kind of Communist-lite.

Before my parents had kids, both had been active members of the Communist Party in New York City, but in the early 1940s, they changed their name, moved to Berkeley, and enrolled in graduate school at Cal.  Read more about My Commie Parents: Their Radical Past Wasn't Exactly Secret, But It Was Past »

From the Fall 2014 Radicals issue of California.
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