Thursday, February 7th, 2019 “Hail Hubert!”: Holy Hubert Lindsey, Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement, and the Birth of Campus Preaching.

Thursday, February 7, 20193:00PM - 4:30PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place


CSUS Graduate Student Workshop


In 1964, students at the University of California, Berkeley staged a mass demonstration in an attempt to remove the university’s ban on political activities. Present among the free speech advocates, civil rights activists, and anti-Vietnam war protesters was Hubert Lindsey, a lone Southern Baptist preacher and self-identified missionary to the radical student population. Known as “Holy Hubert” among the students, Lindsey popularized a form of aggressive campus preaching that is still practiced today.

This presentation will explore how Lindsey’s mission to Berkeley, as well as the campus preaching movement it inspired, helps us historicize and clarify the pressing cultural politics of free speech and hate speech on college campuses today.


Kyle Byron
PhD Candidate Department for the Study of Religion University of Toronto

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