On March 29, the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) hosted the symposium "Richard T. Gibson: Literary Contrarian and Cold Warrior" in collaboration with GW's Center for the Study of Public History and Public Culture. The symposium celebrated the SCRC's acquisition of the Richard T. Gibson papers, a resource that will enable scholars to explore Gibson's influence and connections in the transatlantic literary, political, and cultural exchanges of the mid-20th century Paris, Rome, and the United States. The event attracted an audience eager to hear about Gibson's little-understood role in the famous "Rive Noire" of Paris, the so-called "Gibson Affair," and his strong support of Algerian independence during a time when many of his fellow expatriates were less outspoken about the issue. Panel discussions on Postwar Rome, the Gibson Affair, Revolutionary Algeria and Cuba, and African Liberation Movements sparked lively discussion and commentary from the audience. Richard Gibson himself was in attendance, giving attendees a unique opportunity to question the person who lived through and helped to shape these swirling political and cultural currents.
An exhibit exploring the Richard T. Gibson papers, Six Degrees of Richard Gibson, is on display now on the 7th floor of the GW Libraries.