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April 11, 2005

New Zealand Historian To Speak On Communism April 18

A New Zealand historian will visit the University of Iowa to speak about "Different Shades of Red? The Communist Parties of New Zealand and the United States Compared" on Monday, April 18. The lecture by Kerry Taylor, senior lecturer in history and politics at Massey University, Palmerston North, begins at 4 p.m. in Room 302, Schaeffer Hall (The Commons) and will be followed by discussion and a reception.

Taylor has written extensively on the history of labor and left-wing politics in New Zealand. He is the editor of two important collections of essays, "On the Left: Essays on Socialism in New Zealand" (2002) and "Culture and the Labour Movement: Essays in New Zealand Labour History" (1991). He has published numerous articles on politics and labor in the twentieth century, including most recently, "The Social Basis of New Zealand Communism," and "Potential Allies of the Working Class: The CPNZ and Maori, 1921-1952." He is currently finishing two books, "A History of Communism in New Zealand" and "A Quiet Revolution? The Politics of Protest in 1970s New Zealand."

His talk is sponsored by the UI Department of History.

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