The conference will explore the deep connections between the early postwar years and the age of Donald Trump, encouraging a new wave of scholars to rediscover the Early Cold War

Joseph N. Welch (left) being questioned by Senator McCarthy, June 9, 1954
Chief Senate Counsel representing the United States Army and partner at Hale and Dorr, Joseph Welch (left), with United States Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin (right), at the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations' McCarthy-Army hearings, June 9, 1954 (Photo Credit: US Senate)

New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War will host a fall symposium, “The Early Cold War and How It Led to Today: Connecting the McCarthy Era to the Age of Trump,” on September 15-16, 2017. The two-day conference will bring together renowned scholars, writers and journalists who have shaped our understanding of those years to reevaluate this crucial watershed in American history.

The symposium will be held at NYU’s School of Law, Tischman Auditorium and Greenberg Lounge, on Friday and Saturday, September 15 & 16, 2017. (Full conference schedule and to register)

Panel discussion topics include: McCarthyism in the Age of Trump, Whatever Happened to the New Deal?; The United Nations and Postwar Internationalism, What Have We Learned Since Venona?; and Cold War Controversies (Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs, and the Smith Act Trials).  Participants include: Stephen F. Cohen (Professor Emeritus, NYU and Princeton University); Sarah Jaffe (Guardian/Nation Institute); Suzanne Nossel (PEN America); Timothy Naftali (NYU Historian and former head of the Nixon Library); and Victor Navasky (The Nation) among others.

New York University’s Tamiment Library, the home of the Center for the United States and the Cold War, is one of the oldest and most important collections in the United States documenting the history of the Cold War and the left during the 20th century. Tamiment's archives, photographs, oral histories, and other printed sources are the foundation for the exciting scholarship that has established the Cold War Center as a highly visible and internationally recognized research center since its founding in 2006.

This event is sponsored by The Center for the United States and the Cold War at NYU’s Tamiment Library and The Nation.


About Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University

 The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University form a unique, internationally-known center for scholarly research on Labor and the Left. Tamiment has one of the finest research collections in the country documenting the history of radical politics: socialism, communism, anarchism, utopian experiments, the cultural left, the New Left, and the struggle for civil rights and civil liberties. It is the repository for the Archives of Irish America, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, the Estela Bravo Archive, and growing LGBT and Asian American labor collections. Tamiment Library also houses the Frederic Ewen Center, which organizes programs and builds research collections around academic freedom, civil liberties, civil rights, and progressive social policies.  

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