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Surveillance and Government Records in the Archive: A Forum with Dr. Emily Socolov

  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Tamiment Library (70 Washington Square South), between LaGuardia and Greene Streets, 10th floor

Join the A.R.T. Advocacy Committee for a forum with Dr. Emily Socolov, who will discuss her experiences conducting archival research on the Cold-War espionage trials of her mother, Judith Coplon. Coplon was among the first people tried as a result of the Venona counter-intelligence project (a forerunner to National Security Agency collection efforts). She was subject to extensive FBI surveillance and illegal wire-tap operations, which ultimately resulted in the reversal of her convictions.  Among the topics covered, Dr. Socolov will consider the importance of archival access to government records and contrast archival research in a variety of repositories in the U.S. and Russia.

Please RSVP to community@nycarchivists.org. Space is limited to 25 people.

Emily Socolov, Ph.D. is a folklorist and visual artist and the founding Executive Director of Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders (http://www.manoamano.us). She collaborates with the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Folklife and Cultural Studies (http://www.festival.si.edu)  as presenter and researcher and has taught folklore and anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Pennsylvania and Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She serves on the board of the newly formed CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies (http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/cuny-mexican-studies-institute). Her current research focuses on the Left and the early Cold War in the United States, specifically on the trials of her mother, Judith Coplon. She recently traveled to Moscow to initiate archival research. In Fall 2014 she will relocate to Austin, Texas.

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