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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU to Host Lecture on American Black List

Researcher to discuss a black list of the red scare and its present day implications

October 29th, 2009

Story Contact: Emily Martin, (573) 882-3346,

WHAT:          The University of Missouri Truman School Of Public Affairs will host a lecture by a political expert who will examine the U.S. attorney general’s black list during the red scare in the 1950s. Robert Goldstein, professor at Oakland University will present the lecture, “American Blacklist: The Attorney General’s List of Subversive Organizations, a Key Aspect of the Post-World War II Red Scare,” as a part of the 2009 Monroe-Paine Distinguished Lecture in Public Affairs.

                       Goldstein will present the findings and present-day implications from his study of the Attorney General’s List of Subversive Organizations (AGLOSO) and its role in the post-World War II Red Scare. This is the only full-length study published on the topic. In his study, Goldstein traced the history of the AGLOSO, including how people were listed and the civil liberties that were violated.

WHO:             Goldstein is a professor emeritus of political science at Oakland University. He has written many books, including, “Political Repression in Modern America: From 1870 to the Present,” and “Flag Burning and Free Speech.”

WHERE:        S110 Memorial Union, MU Campus

WHEN:           10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 29.

NOTE:            The Monroe-Paine Distinguished Lecture in Public Affairs was established by a gift from Frederick Middlebush, the 12th president of MU. The series brings leading policy experts to the MU campus to give a public lecture, conduct a research seminar, and meet with students and faculty.