While the leaders of the US and USSR debated the issues of international importance in Hollybush, the Cold War struggles went on at the grass-roots level, especially among the anti-Communist political refugees in the US. This one-day research symposium uncovers the dilemmas, successes and failure of the political activism of Eastern European, Asian and Cuban political refugees. The research symposium deals with two important issues. First, it presents the perspective of ethnic refugee groups on the Cold War and the way it affected their lives every day. Second, the research symposium demonstrates that the history of anti-Communism in the US was more complex than we often tend to think. Ethnic anti-Communists clung on to strong beliefs which were unlike those of Senator McCarthy and which have not been fully explored before.
This event brings to Rowan University an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars specializing in the ethnic and political history of the United States. The presenters include Sandra Alvarez (Department of Sociology, Shippensburg University), Judith Fai-Podlipnik (Department of History, Southeastern Louisiana University), C.N. Le (Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Anna Mazurkiewicz (Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota, University of Gdansk, Poland), John Radzilowski (Department of History, University of Alaska Southeast), Penka Skachkova (Women’s Studies Program, Eastern Illinois University), Chia Youyee Vang (Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). The moderator of the event is Ieva Zake (Department of Sociology, Rowan University).
Those interested to attend this symposium, please contact Dr. Ieva Zake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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