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Phi Beta Kappa Address: 'Was Joseph McCarthy Right?'

Author, Scholar Klehr to Speak April 13

Dr. Harvey Klehr
Andrew W. Mellon Professor
of Politics and History
Emory University

March 19, 2004 --
Dr. Harvey E. Klehr, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History at Emory University, will speak at Jacksonville State University on Tuesday, April 13th, at 7:30 p.m. on the 11th Floor of Houston Cole Library during the public portion of the Gamma of Alabama Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Association's annual meeting.

Dr. Klehr, a noted author and scholar, will deal with what scholars have learned about Russian espionage in America during the 1930s and WWII. His talk will be based on research he conducted in Moscow archives. His talk is entitled, "Was Joseph McCarthy Right?".

The banquet will include the awarding of Gamma Chapter's Phi Beta Kapppa Scholarships, which will be given to outstanding juniors at J.S.U. The group will also name the recipient of the Theron E. Montgomery Scholarship.

In 1971 Harvey E. Klehr joined the Emory faculty as a member of the political science department and in 1986 became a professor of history. Professor Klehr was named Emory University Scholar-Teacher of the Year in 1995 and received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award for Emory College in 1983. In 1986 was a visiting exchange scholar at Beijing University. In 2000 he was elected a Phi Beta Kappa Senator.

His fields of special interest are modern political theory, Marxism, American political theory, American politics, and American radicalism. He is the author or co-author of In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage; Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America; The Soviet World of American Communism; The Amerasia Spy Case: Prelude to McCarthyism; The Secret World of American Communism; The American Communist Movement: Storming Heaven Itself; Far Left of Center: The American Radical Left Today; Biographical Dictionary of the American Left (co-editor); The Heyday of American Communism: The Depression Decade; and Communist Cadre: The Social Background of the American Communist Party Elite.

Professor Klehr was awarded the Alumni Citation from Franklin and Marshall College and has been a director of six NEH Summer Seminars for School Teachers. He has received research grants from the Bradley Foundation, Earhart Foundation, Institute for Educational Affairs, Smith Richardson Foundation, Emory University Woodruff Fund, and the Immigrant History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Klehr holds the B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, 1967 (Phi Beta Kappa), and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1971.

Dr. Klehr's appearance was made possible through the Phi Beta Kappa Fellows Lectureship program.


The Phi Beta Kappa Fellows Lectureship provides speakers for special occasions sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa groups. Through its four regional panels, the Lectureship assists the chapters and alumni associations with arrangements for addresses given at such events as honors convocations, public lectures, initiation meetings, and annual dinners.

Established in 1942 the Lectureship is one of the important activities sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Fellows, a group of Phi Beta Kappa members organized to foster and advance the welfare of the Society and the ideals for which it stands. By way of its panels of distinguished speakers, the Lectureship contributes directly to the intellectual life of the campus and community.

During the 2003-2004 academic year, some thirty chapters and alumni associations will have the opportunity to participate in the Fellows Lectureship of Phi Beta Kappa. Speakers participating this year in the Southeast region are: Annemarie Weyl Carr, University Distinguished Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University; Matt Cartmill, Professor of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University Medical School; Harvey E. Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History, Emory University; William F. May, Fellow, Institute of Practical Ethics and Public Life, University of Virginia; Duane J. Osheim, Professor of History, University of Virginia; Dorothy Robins-Mowry, Former Senior Foreign Service Officer, USIA; Rosemarie Tong, Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Larzer Ziff, Caroline Donovan Research Professor of English, Johns Hopkins University.

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