Hollybush event to focus on political activism of ethnic groups during Cold War

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Scholars specializing in the ethnic and political history of the United States will come together for a day-long symposium focusing on the political activism of ethnic groups during the Cold War on Tuesday, April 1, at Rowan University.

Scholars specializing in the ethnic and political history of the United States will come together for a day-long symposium focusing on the political activism of ethnic groups during the Cold War on Tuesday, April 1, at Rowan University.

"The Cold War Warriors: Political Activism of Ethnic Groups During the Cold War in the U.S." will run from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center on Rowan's Glassboro campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's series of events planned for the 2007-2008 academic year to mark the 40th anniversary of the Hollybush Summit at Rowan.

In June of 1967, President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin met at the Hollybush Mansion for two days to discuss their opposing views of the Six-Day Arab-Israeli War and other world issues. The Summit worked to ease tensions between the two world powers.

But while Johnson and Kosygin joined together at Hollybush, the Cold War struggles went on at the grass-roots level, particularly among anti-Communist political refugees in the U.S.

"The Cold War Warriors" will bring together an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars specializing in the ethnic and political history of the United States. They will discuss the dilemmas, successes and failures of the political activism of Eastern European, Asian and Cuban political refugees.

The symposium will address how anti-Communism affected the lives of ethnic refugees and also will demonstrate the complex history of anti-Communism in the U.S.

Presenters will include:

- Sandra Alvarez, Department of Sociology, Shippensburg University;

- Judith Fai-Podlipnik, Department of History, Southeastern Louisiana University;

- C.N. Lee, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst;

- Anna Mazurkiewicz, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota and University of Gdansk, Poland;

- John Radzilowski, Department of History, University of Alaska Southeast;

- Chia Youyee Vang, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Ieva Zake, assistant professor of sociology and coordinator of women's studies at Rowan, will serve as moderator.

Rowan sponsors of the symposium include: the 1967 Hollybush Summit Commemoration Committee; the Department of Sociology; the Thomas Bantivoglio Honors Program; and the International Center. The Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota also is sponsoring the event.

To register for the symposium or to receive additional information, contact Zake at zake@rowan.edu.

The symposium is part of a year-long series of events planned at the University to commemorate the summit and to explore issues that faced the world then--and now. To hear previous lectures or to learn more about events to come, visit www.rowan.edu/hollybush or call 856-256-4240.










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