NYU Center for the U.S. and Cold War Inaugural Conference
"Alger Hiss and History"
On April 5th, 2007, New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War hosted an all-day conference entitled “Alger Hiss and History.” Co-sponsored by NYU’s Tamiment Library, the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, and the Harvard Law School, the conference took place at the university’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South. The event was free and open to the public.
Keynoting the conference at 9:30 a.m. was Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation. Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, made the closing remarks. Topics discussed throughout the day included: “Alger Hiss: Public and Private;” “The Case as History;” “Repression, Espionage, and the Red Scare;” and “Hiss in History.”
Participants included: Kai Bird, co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Amy Knight, author of How the Cold War Began; Timothy Naftali, co-author of Khrushchev’s Cold War; G. Edward White, author of Alger Hiss’s Looking-Glass Wars; Norman Dorsen, NYU Law professor and former president of the ACLU; Alger Hiss’ two sons, Tony Hiss and Timothy Hobson (who has not previously discussed the case in public); David Oshinsky, University of Texas; and Bruce Craig, University of Prince Edward Island.
Click below to view full transcripts from the Alger Hiss Conference (2007).