Ellen Schrecker, world-renowned historian on McCarthyism, to give distinguished lecture at UAH


Ellen Schrecker will be the guest speaker for UAH's Distinguished Speakers Series.

Internationally recognized historian Ellen Schrecker will be the guest speaker for The University of Alabama in Huntsville's (UAH) Distinguished Speakers Series on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Schrecker will give the public lecture "Academic Freedom in Higher Education," at 4 p.m., in Frances Roberts Recital Hall. Her talk at UAH will explore long-term structural changes in American society and how these have impacted academic freedom, in principle and in practice, in universities. Her visit is sponsored by the UAH Departments of Sociology and History, the Humanities Center and the UAH Chapter of American Association of University Professors. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Schrecker has been writing about higher education and political repression for 30 years. She is the world-renowned historian on McCarthyism and Professor Emerita of History at Yeshiva University (YU) New York, N.Y. She currently teaches at The Stern College for Women, the undergraduate women's college of arts and sciences of YU.

She has written numerous academic articles and several books including Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America; The Age of McCarthyism: A Short History with Documents; Cold War Triumphalism: Exposing the Misuse of History after the Fall of Communism; and her most recent publication, The Lost Soul of Higher Education|Corporation and the Assault on Academic Freedom.

Schrecker recently received the prestigious Frederick Ewen Academic Freedom Fellowship awarded by the Tamiment Library at New York University (NYU). Additionally, she served as the editor of Academe, the journal of the American Association of University Professors. Schrecker has taught at Columbia, NYU, Princeton, and the New School of Social Research. She received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude, from Radcliffe College. Schrecker earned her master's and Ph.D., degrees in History from Harvard University.


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