Subversive Activities

New Hampshire Humanities has awarded a grant of $3,175 to the NH World Fellowship Center for a project about a McCarthy-era legal case that took a conflict between the New Hampshire attorney general and the director of a White Mountains conference center all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Panelists and participants will look at the case Uphaus v. Wyman from a variety of angles, considering the historical context, the background of those involved, the ethical and legal issues at stake. Questions about the balance between individual rights, liberties and conscience and the needs of the broader society remain with us today. This case, which was ultimately decided in by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1959, offers the chance for deep reflection about individual ethical responsibilities when one’s conscience conflicts with political/legal directives.

Events will take place in early April in Conway and Dover (details to be announced). Meanwhile, interested organizations can book Humanities to Go presenter John Gfroerer, whose documentary film Rights & Reds tells the broader story of New Hampshire’s investigation of “subversive activities” during the 1950s.

Visit www.nhhumanities.org/humanitiestogo to read more about booking Rights & Reds.