The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 17, 1989 -Page 5
'Keeping in Mind' recalls
McCarthyism at the 'U'
BY DONNA IADIPAOLO and concrete documentary on Mc- Nickerson, professor emeritus of
In the May of 1954, three Uni- Carthyism at the University, the fear pharmacology at McGill University;
versity faculty members refused to ended with the destruction of lives: and Clement Markert, research pro-
testify at a hearing before the Clary "Keeping in mind that if we lose fessor of animal science and genetics
Subcommitteo of the House Un- Indo-China, Mr. Jenkins," threatens at North Carolina State University.
American Activites Committee McCarthy, "we will lose the Pacific "Keeping In Mind" reveals the
(HUAC) in Lansing. They all were and we will be an island in a com political tensions between faculty
suspended from the University; two munist sea." The video, whose title and departments during the era, the
of the three were dismissed and the comes from McCarthy's famous frightening climate which developed
k quote, was directed and written by in our country, and how bureaucracy
PREV IEW : Keeping LSA senior Adam Kulakow for his became a guise for inquisition. At
InMind'English honors thesis. one point in the video, Prof.
third eventually left. By 1952, HUAC targeted Ameri- Nickerson, appearing as a clear-eyed
But what occurred at the Univer- can higher education, including the grandfather figure, recalls how re-
sity during this time was only an University of Michigan. There is ceiving a HUAC subpoena affected
extension of the "Red Scare." In the also no doubt that former University his family life.
fall of 1949, the Soviet Union ex- president Harlan Hatcher and the "I think particularly my son, who
ploded the atomic bomb and a few Board of Regents ostracized the fac- was seven, was affected by it," said
months later Mao Zedong won the ulty members in 1954. But, Ku- Nickerson, telling how garbage was
Chinese revolution. Because these lakow's video also implicates those dumped around his home and how
two events appeared linked, many who passively accepted McCarthy- his son was ridiculed by his school-
believed communists were conspir- ism at the University. mates.
ing to subvert the world. Harry S. "Keeping In Mind" will be shown The video's makers also interview
Truman, J. Edgar Hoover, Joseph at the Modern Languages Building Davis and Markert about how this
McCarthy, and eventually the Clary on Wednesday at 7 p.m., introducing period affected their personal and
Subcommittee, which targeted the a program titled "The McCarthy Era professional lives.
University, began their witch-hunts at The University of Michigan." The "It was near the end of the term.
to track down the "communist sub- three former University faculty I was suspended with pay, to the
versives." members who refused to testify be- credit of the University," said Mark-
There's no doubt about the pre- fore the HUAC will also speak ert, who taught in the pharmacology
vailing climate of fear. As a clip of a Wednesday: H. Chandler Davis, department at the time. "But I
McCarthy hearing demonstrates in presently the chair of mathematics at couldn't desert my students so
"Keeping In Mind," a new strong the University of Toronto; Mark abruptly... I continued, essentially,
A McCarthy era copy of the Michigan Daily shows a Michigan subcommittee hearing of three faculty
members who refused to testify. The three faculty will join again Wednesday for the first time since then.
to teach the course until the end of
the semester and hand in the grades,
as I felt I morally had to do."
Also interviewed for the video
was Ellen Schrecker, author of No
Ivory Tower, McCarthyism and the
Universities. She relates how
Hatcher handled the pressure put
upon the University's administration
by the government. Hatcher is also
One clip even shows former
president Ronald Reagan consumed
in the hysteria of the 50's. "The
communist conspiracy is a deliberate
and predictable plan of action to
subvert the world," says Reagan.
In the video, Kulakow appears to
link how this portion of history is
pertinent to today's political dilem-
mas. "I think we bear a responsibil-
ity to offer a single presentation of
the McCarthy era as it affected ,the
University of Michigan and leave ie
many connections open for the audi-
ence to draw."
Kulakow's video was funded -ly
grants from LSA. The program dn
Wednesday is sponsored by the Uni-
versity chapter of the American A-
sociation of University Professers
and the English department.
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Youth pleads guilty
to October stabbings
A 16-year-old Ann Arbor youth
faces up to 10 years in prison for the
stabbing of two male University
students last October.
Tashikko McKaye pleaded guilty
to a reduced charge of intent to
commit great bodily harm Friday in
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
for the stabbing of one student.
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her hope was that more publicity
will be available in the future.
Quincy pointed out that the pro-
gram "is a good place to communi-
cate, become involved, and to start a
Most parents involved in the
program seem to agree that it can
-show the youths that there is a way
gout their often troubled situations.
"It helps them to fight the discour-
agement and frustration which often
leads youngsters to say, 'why should
we even try,"' Porter said.
McKaye pleaded no contest to the
same charge for the stabbing of a
second University student, according
to the county's Assistant Prosecutor
The incident occurred on State
Street, last October, near the
A revision in the state criminal
code allowed the prosecutor to try
McKaye in an adult court without a
waiver from the juvenile court.
McKaye is the first Washtenaw
County youth to be tried under the
new law which went into effect
several days before the assault.
Cooper said the original charges
of attempted murder will be dropped
in return for McKaye's pleas to the
lesser offense of assault with intent
to commit great bodily harm. His
no-contest plea will be treated as a
plea of guilty when he is sentenced
May 5 by Judge William Ager Jr.
Attorney Thomas Moors, counsel
for McKaye, was unavailable for
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In 1985, when the Leaning Post
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The Leaning Post's primary
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"We can understand better by
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writings of psychologist Willard
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"We can give them confidence by
letting them know that despite the
prejudice they will encounter in this
society, they do have a chance."
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