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Michael Lebowitz fonds
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1960 - 1971 (Creation)
- Lebowitz, Michael
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50 cm of textual records
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Michael Lebowitz, B.S. (N.Y.), M.S. (Wis.) is an emeritus Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University. He joined SFU in 1965 as a charter faculty member in the Department of Economics and Commerce. Lebowitz was active in university affairs throughout his career.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of records relating to a dispute between SFU's administration and the Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology Department. In July 1969 SFU President Kenneth Strand placed the PSA Department under trusteeship. In September eight faculty members and a number of students went on strike. Strand suspended the faculty members with pay and informed them of their right to appeal. One faculty member, Nathan Popkin, asked for a separate hearing because, although he was technically "on strike," he conducted classes in his home. Mike Lebowitz agreed to act as his counsel before the appeal committee chaired by UBC economist Gideon Rosenbluth.
The Rosenbluth Committee concluded that there was no cause for dismissal. The university reinstated Popkin only to allow his contract to expire the following year.
Fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, transcripts, agendas, notes, schedules, procedural rules, chronologies, reports, constitutions, petitions, news clippings, and other documents.
While Lebowitz acquired the papers for Popkin's defense, there is considerable material relating to the other professors who went on strike.
Immediate source of acquisition
The fonds was donated to the SFU Archives by Michael Lebowitz.
The materials were arranged by the Archivist.
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The files are open with no restrictions.
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Series descriptions and file lists are available. For additional biographical information, see the essay written by Mike Lebowitz in March 2002 which is available in the hard copy version of the finding aid maintained in the Archives Reading Room.
See the inventories for the Office of the Registrar fonds, F-85-1; Norman Swartz PSA Collection, F-131; and the PSA Collection, SFU Archives Collector, F-150. Also see Nathan S. Popkin Collection at the University of British Columbia Library, Special Collections.
All accessions have been processed as of September 2002. No further accruals are expected.
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Finding aid prepared by Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (March 2002).
Updated by Enid Britt (April 2006).