Franklin Book Programs on Screen and in Retrospect

The discussion of Franklin Book Programs and screening of “Dimensions” (1974), a rarely seen film about Franklin/Tehran. Wed. Aug. 31, 2022, Salamanca, Spain Happy to run the above special session on Franklin as part of the 13th AIS Biennial Conference, which will take place in Salamanca, Spain, from August 30 to September 2, 2022. This … Continue reading Franklin Book Programs on Screen and in Retrospect

Franklin Research Group

The idea of forming a research group on Franklin Book Programs has been a major concern since I started the Coldbihot research project. I first mentioned this in 2016 (here) because, having worked with Franklin archives, it became immediately clear to me that a collective effort was needed to process not only the Franklin's massive … Continue reading Franklin Research Group

“Book Diplomacy” conference

Pleased to announce that the Institute for History (Leiden University) is hosting a new conference entitled, "Book diplomacy" in the cultural Cold War: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (28-29 April 2022). The opening lecture is given by Professor Greg Barnhisel (Duquesne University), the author of Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy (2015). More information about … Continue reading “Book Diplomacy” conference

Books and Agents

Online Panel Discussion 9/09/21 6pm. Discover how America used publishing for political agitation in the Cold War through the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) and Franklin Book Programs, and how anti colonial cultural networks including the Afro-Asian Writers Association were formed. This was a great opportunity to talk with the people behind the Fehras Publishing … Continue reading Books and Agents