CHESTER In 1971, Chester Mayor John Linder was a member of the Black Student Union at what was then PMC Colleges. What he didn't know then was that the group was the subject of FBI surveillance.

At a program next month at what is now Widener University, he'll have a chance to talk about his experiences during that turbulent period.

The surveillance of the student group came to light after burglars broke into the FBI offices in Media in 1971, stole files, and distributed them to media outlets. The story of the break-in, masterminded by a Haverford College professor, was the subject of a book published earlier this year by former Washington Post and Philadelphia Evening Bulletin reporter Betty Medsger.

It also is the subject of a documentary film, 1971, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival

in April and will be shown at Widener's Founders Hall on Nov. 12.

Afterward, Widener will host a discussion that will include Linder and Medsger. The event is free, open to the public, and one of the sponsors is the Widener Black Student Union.

- Inquirer staff