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Nels Abrams <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:36:57 -0400
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Hi Dr. Allen,

I apologize if this email thread isn't the best means of pursuing my goal, but I would like to get into contact with early members of Science for the People and I was hoping you could help. My name is Nels Abrams and I am a PhD candidate in American history at the University of Utah who is studying the return of evolutionary thinking in the social sciences and humanities after significant attention in the early 1900s and subsequent fall from favor. Sociobiology plays a major role in this story, and the prevailing narrative is one of pioneering scientists beleaguered by politically motivated "radicals." One of my aims is to complicate this simplistic narrative. 

I recognize that the current Science for the People organization is not a direct continuation of its predecessor, but my understanding is that the original members support the current project and participate to some degree. My research is in its early phases, so I don't have an exhaustive list of whom I would like to interview, but the early members who answered questions in the 2014 conference (Carol Cina, Britta Fischer, Herb Fox, Terri Goldberg, Michael Goldhaber, and Al Weinrub) would be a great start. If you have any questions about the project, please don't hesitate to ask. 

Thank you,