Dr. Chris Yogerst will be presenting "Hollywood and the 1941 Senate Investigation into Motion Picture War Propoganda." In the years leading up to the United States' involvement in WWII, there was a strong isolationist opposition to the war that became co-opted by a range of fascists, anti-Semites, and xenophobes. In the fall of 1941, a Senate sub-committee tightened the screws on Hollywood for their increasing number of anti-Nazi and anti-authoritarian films. This move on behalf of the isolationist Senators backfired spectacularly in what became a formal hearing by day and shootout in the press by night.
This talk takes place in the campus library.