Symposium on “The Scarlet Professor”

Friday, September 08, 2017

In conjunction with “The Scarlet Professor,” Smith College also hosts a Sept. 16 symposium, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Earle Recital Hall in Sage Hall, with the opera’s producers and numerous other speakers reflecting on issues raised by the 1960 arrests of Newton Arvin and two other Smith professors. 

“Sex and Surveillance in America” includes a screening of the documentary “The Great Pink Scare” and a talk with director Tug Yourgrau and screenwriters Dustin Schell and Alexander Chee.

Writer and Smith English professor Michael Gorra, as well as children’s book author and Smith alumna Jane Yolen, will also be part of panels on a range of themes, including the history of puritanism in America.

For the symposium schedule, visit thescarletprofessoropera.com.

— Steve Pfarrer