Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare
Day trip and lunch
Thursday, August 31
Meet at JCC at 11 am
Carpool to Skirball Cultural Center
After watching Trumbo a few days earlier, join us Thursday, August 31, for a field trip to the Skirball Cultural Center for a docent-led tour of Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare and spend an hour with a guided exploration of the impact of this time in history and its implications for civil liberties, propaganda, and shifting definitions of American patriotism today.
In October 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee called on Hollywood figures to testify about allegations of Communist propaganda in American films. Although the committee never found evidence of this, the film industry responded by becoming the first mass employer to adopt a blacklist against employees whose political beliefs ran counter to prevailing ideals. Making its West Coast debut at the Skirball Cultural Center with newly added artifacts, Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scareshines a spotlight on the proceedings, investigations, motives, and choices of those caught in the crosshairs—including the many Jewish creatives and executives who suffered under and enforced the blacklist. The result is an emotionally complex and compelling exhibition that demonstrates how the politics of Hollywood can shape the entire country.
We will meet at 11 am at the Alpert Jewish Community Center and carpool to the Skirball Cultural Center. Entrance is free on Thursdays, but we encourage donations to our General Fund (ncjwlongbeach.org/donate) to support our projects and programs. The group will likely grab lunch together as well.
Please RSVP here. RSVPs are required as parking availability at the AJCC is tightly enforced.