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Release: March 21, 2000

McCarthy and The Inquisition Symposium to be held March 25

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Department of Communication and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies will hold a symposium, "McCarthy and The Inquisition," on Saturday, March 25.

At 10:30 a.m. Ellen Shrecker, a professor at Yeshiva University and author of "No Ivory Tower" and "Many Are the Crimes," will deliver a lecture on "McCarthy: Beyond the Myth."

At 1 p.m. Anna Kasten Nelson, a professor at American University and former member of the Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board, will discuss "Sowing the Seeds of Secrecy: Cold War America, 1947-1950."

At 2:30 p.m. David Hingstman will present a lecture titled, "The First Amendment in Crisis: U.S. versus Dennis and the Internal Security Debates in the Public Culture of the Cold War." Hingstman, a professor at Harvard University, directs the A. Craig Baird Debate Forum at the University of Iowa.

All three of the lectures will be held in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building and are free and open to the public. This symposium is part of a year-long series, "Point of No Return: 1950, the Cold War and the 20th Century." For more information, contact the Obermann Center at 335-4034.