Michael Rossman
Writings and Then Some

Michael Rossman died on May 12, 2008, after a yearlong battle with cancer. He began assembling this website after he learned of his illness, and worked at it fervently until about a week before his death. It was as if he was pouring his thoughts, his wisdom, as much of his life’s work as possible, and his very soul into a container that could hold it longer than could his failing body. Although it was his intention that "This website is forever under construction …" alas, his direct contribution to its content has ended. Further work will be put into residual content addition and correction. Please direct web comments or questions to: Karen McLellan at karenmclellan@hotmail.com. Be sure to put “Michael Rossman” in the subject line. Questions and comments regarding Michael's AOUON poster collection should go to: lcushing "at" igc.org
Questions and comments for the family should go to Karen McLellan

Michael Rossman's poster collection will be on display:

All Of Us Or None:
Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area

Exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California
March 31- August 19, 2012

Obituaries, testimonials, and other public responses
"The Art and Science of Living Well," Becky O'Malley, Berkeley Daily Planet, 5/15/2008.
" '60s activist Michael Rossman dies in Berkeley," Michael Taylor, S.F. Chronicle, 5/17/2008
"Reflections on the passing of Michael Rossman," Lincoln Cushing, Docs Populi, 5/17/2008
"Free Speech Movement leader dies at 68," Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune, 5/17/2008
"Michael Rossman, Who Fought for Campus Rights, Dies at 68," Margalit Fox, New York Times, 5/19/2008
"Michael Rossman: All Of Us Or None," Mark Vallen, Art for a Change, 5/19/2008

Lincoln Cushing remarks on importance of AOUON archive at memorial 6/23/2008 - YouTube

Links to public documents featuring Michael Rossman
Unpublished interview 4/2007 with Michael Rossman on the political history of Telegraph Avenue.
YouTube documentary clip on LSD and 1960s political activism.

Last exhibition - posters on the war in Viet Nam, Asian Resource Gallery (Oakland) March 2005

Website portal for the All Of Us Or None poster archive
Rebroadcast of interview Michael gave 2008 about the All Of Us Or None archive on Soap Box Derby, KALX

Newly Accessible

Elementary Science Education

Lessons & reflections from 29 years of teaching.

The Berkeley Free Speech Movement

42 years of writing about the FSM.

Political Posters

Diverse essays for starters, with one (so far) well-illustrated.

Uncollected Essays

Some favorites, more to come.


A broad selection, partially organized.


Lorca, Neruda, Vallejo and Lao-Tzu


Concerning inquiry into paranormal phenomena.

Michael's Leukemia Blog

The version with people's comments appears at http://mrossman.livejournal.com



A new pedagogy from a vanished, unsung movement.

Previously Published

The Wedding Within the War
     (Doubleday, 1971)

My chronicle of the Movement, 1958-1970

On Learning and Social Change
     (Random House, 1972)

Radical perspectives on higher education reform.

New Age Blues: The Politics of Consciousness
     (E. P. Dutton, 1979)

Social critique of the emergent New Age movement.

Winds of the People
     (Impulse Press, 1986)

Poetry of the Spanish Civil War.




Caveats and prognostications from the original site, in Michael's own words:

No cosmetics yet; lots of substance on diverse topics, more to come.

Please tell me about any functional problems with the site, as well as editing mistakes.

I hope for help in making the science education, FSM, and poster materials visible to people who might be interested. I'll be grateful for any advice or help in making links to these pages from other related sites, to make these visible to search engines.

Suggestions as to how to proceed to book publication of the science education and FSM materials will be gratefully received.

Copyright & permissions requests should be directed to the web manager, see above.

page last updated 12/4/2011