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Fred Jerome, "THE EINSTEIN FILE: J. Edgar Hoover's Secret War Against the World's Most Famous Scientist"

Date: 10/06/05
Time: 4-5:30 with 3:30 reception
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
Contact: David Clark, x3524, clarkd@newpaltz.edu

In 1905 Einstein published his three famous papers that initiated the era of modern physics. Marking the centennial celebration of his work, we present a lesser know side of Einstein: a fervent pacifist, socialist and critic of racism who publicly urged witnesses to refuse to testify before the Un-American Activities Committee. Fred Jerome is a veteran journalist and science writer with articles in dozens of publications, including Newsweek and The New York Times. Invoking the Freedom of Information Act, Jerome secured the CIA file on Einstein which led to his new book. The Einstein File reveals the price Einstein paid for his social concerns, and underscores the dangers that can arise to the American republic and the rule of law in times of obsession with national security.