Steven Ross, professor of history at the University of Southern California and an expert in the changing nature of power in American society, will discuss “Little Caesar and the HUAC Mob: Edward G. Robinson and the Decline of Liberal Hollywood” on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in NYU’s Tamiment Library (10th floor of the NYU Bobst Library), 70 Washington Square South; it is the first session of three in the Tamiment Seminar series. For further information, call 212.998.2428.

Ross’ current project, “Hollywood Left and Right: Movie Stars and Politics,” examines the emergence of Hollywood as a major center of American politics and the role that movie stars have played in the political life of the nation from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. He is the author of Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America, among other publications.

A pre-circulated paper on “Little Caesar and the HUAC Mob” is available; individuals planning to attend this event may receive the paper by contacting Michael Nash at

The Tamiment Library/Wagner Labor Archives at NYU is a unique center for scholarly research on the history and culture of American activism and labor. Tamiment’s many collections document the history of anarchist, communist, labor, radical, feminist, and socialist movements in the U.S. from the Civil War to the present.

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