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Beryl C D Lipton

Writers under Surveillance: The FBI Files

JPat Brown and Beryl C D Lipton

Saturday, 6 April 2019

2:00pm

1 hour

Worcester College: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Freedom of information campaigners from the US MuckRock non-profit organisation JPat Brown and Beryl C D Lipton explain what they uncovered about how far the US state was prepared to go to gather intelligence on writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Aldous Huxley.

Brown and Lipton and their colleagues at Muckrock used freedom of information requests to reveal surveillance of leading writers carried out in the late 20th century. They show what the state thought about writers such as Hemingway, Huxley, Allen Ginsberg, Susan Sontag, and Hunter S. Thompson. Each were seen as a threat to the state because of their ‘dangerous’ ideas and ability to spread them.

Brown is executive editor of MuckRock, a non-profit, collaborative news site that brings together journalists, researchers, activists, and regular citizens to request, analyse, and share government documents. Lipton is senior reporter at MuckRock.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden