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Beth Sorensen
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"LESSONS LEARNED: ACADEMIC FREEDOM, McCARTHYISM, AND THE STANLEY MOORE AFFAIR" - A PANEL DISCUSSION AT REED

A panel discussion concerning McCarthyism and the dismissal of Reed professor Stanley Moore by the board of trustees during that era will be held on Thursday April 10, 1997, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Vollum Lecture Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the Portland chapter of the alumni association of Reed College and the Oregon Historical Society. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information call the alumni office at x7789.

The panel discussion will include a videotaped interview with Moore and a written statement about the pressures of the time period from David Eyre, a member of the board of trustees who dismissed Moore. The discussion panel consists of Moore (by telephone conference), Michael Munk `56; George Joseph `51, retired chief judge, Oregon Court of Appeals; and Carl Stevens `42, Reed professor emeritus, economics. The panel will be moderated by Rick Harmon, editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly.

Stanley Moore was a tenured professor of philosophy at Reed College in 1954 when he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee to make clear his connection with the communist party. Moore pleaded the fifth amendment and refused to say whether he was involved or not. This led to a hearing before the Reed board, and he was dismissed by the board of trustees. Moore went on to have a very distinguished teaching career at several schools including Barnard, Harvard, and the University of California, San Diego.