Robert Meeropol: Red to Green: Political Panic from McCarthyism to “Eco-Terrorism” – October 2012
The Landmark College Academic Speaker Series enhances and promotes the College’s intellectual environment and facilitates discussion of important issues for the community.
Robert Meeropol (born Robert Rosenberg in 1947) is the younger son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. When Robert was six years old, his parents were executed for conspiracy to commit espionage. With his brother, he sued the FBI and CIA under the Freedom of Information Act, winning the release of 300,000 previously secret documents pertaining to his parents' case.
Robert published his memoir, An Execution in the Family: One Son’s Journey in 2003, and along with his brother Michael, co-authored We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (1975). In his talk comparing the “Red Scare” of the 1950’s and the “Green Scare” of today, Robert examines the fear of communism in the 20th century, the contemporary treatment of environmental and animal activism as so called “eco-terrorism,” and the U.S. government's persistent persecution of individuals deemed a political threat.