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McCarthy and the Hollywood Blacklist: Parallel Delusions

Date(s) - Sunday, October 21st
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin is remembered as the commanding figure at the height of American fear of communism. “McCarthyism” became a synonym for wild charges and red-baiting. The House Un-American Activities Committee’s (HUAC) Hollywood hearings and the blacklist pre-date McCarthy’s infamous 1950 speech on Communists in the State Department.  Yet such was his fame that he is sometimes credited for the activities of HUAC and others.

Historian Richard Fried will explore McCarthy’s role in the Red Scare and its limits. He will treat McCarthy’s meteoric rise and fall, and why many people mistakenly recognize him as the only player in the Red Scare.

Walkins Welcome
Cost: Museum Members $5 | Non-Members $8
Free Parking

•   The Ladies that Broke the Blacklist: Madeline Gilford, Lee Grant, and Ruby Dee (Monday, October 15)
   McCarthy and the Hollywood Blacklist: Parallel Delusions (Sunday, October 21)
   Victim and Villain: Jewish Responses to the Red Scare (Wednesday, November 14)
   Hollywood on Trial with Tony Kahn (Thursday, December 13)
   The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government (Thursday, January 17)
dsc0801-version-2   Hollywood’s Friendly Witness: Elia Kazan (Thursday, January 31)
Museum Members $15.00 $12.00 | Non-members $24.00 $20.00

Richard M. Fried is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He taught at UIC for 40 years and was a Fulbright lecturer twice (in Spain and Vietnam).  He has published four books, including Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective.

Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, October 12, 2018 – February 10, 2019.

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