Investigative Journalist to Lecture Jan. 21

Seth Rosenfeld will discuss his book “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power”

Seth Rosenfeld

Investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld will discuss his book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power,” on Jan. 21.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld will discuss his book “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power” at UC Riverside on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at noon in Room 240 of the Orbach Science Library.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Rosenfeld’s lecture is sponsored by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Riverside, Center for Ideas and Society, Labor Studies Program, and the Institute for Research on World Systems.

“Subversives,” published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2012, became a New York Times best seller. It won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, a PEN USA award for research nonfiction, a Ridenhour Award from the Nation Institute, and a national Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine Award.

The book “painstakingly re-creates the dramatic—and unsettling—history of how J. Edgar Hoover worked closely with then California governor Ronald Reagan to undermine student dissent, arrest and expel members of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement, and fire the University of California’s liberal president, Clark Kerr,” Publishers Weekly noted in a review.

“Much of the focus of Seth Rosenfeld’s masterfully researched history ‘Subversives’ is the UC, its students, and the course it charted through the pivotal decades of the ‘60s and ‘70s,” said Steve Mitchell, distinguished science librarian at UCR. “Many of the events he chronicles were occurring throughout the UC. This is important today because a significant portion of the ongoing and current trajectory of UC remains shaped by the events and their aftermath, which Rosenfeld details.”

Seth Rosenfeld is an award-winning freelance journalist who previously was an investigative reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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