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New Meetup: Conversations: The Great Pink Scare

From: Carol S.
Sent on: Friday, December 31, 2010 8:15 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Humanist Association of Connecticut Meetup Group!

What: Conversations: The Great Pink Scare

When: Saturday, January 8,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Unitarian Society of New Haven
700 Hartford Turnpike
Hamden, CT 06517

Steve Boshi will chair a showing of "The Great Pink Scare" and the subsequent discussion. A movie from the PBS "Independent Lens" series, it is based on Barry Werth's book "The Scarlet Professor / Newton Arvin: A Literary Life Shattered By Scandal."

On Labor Day weekend in 1960, Massachusetts state police troopers swept through the small, idyllic town of Northampton and hauled 15 men off to jail. Three of them were professors at Northampton?s elite Smith College.

THE GREAT PINK SCARE tells the story of the devastating persecution that followed, when the three Smith professors were charged with possessing and dispersing obscene literature, tried in Northampton District Court, and eventually convicted as felons.

On the surface, it was the routing out of pornographers, but in reality, it was a McCarthy-like witch-hunt against homosexuals.

Refreshments will be served

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