Committee Information

Committee Name: The Hollywood Blacklist: Meeting of Entertainment Executives, 1947
Organ: Councils, Boards, and Courts (CBCs)
Undersecretary-General: Jaebok Lee
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Claudia Leonor
Chair and Crisis Manager: Matty Bernstein and J.J. Woronoff
Topic A: Response to House Un-American Committee (HUAC) Investigation
Topic B: Creation of a United Entertainment Industry Front

The Topic Abstract for this committee can be accessed here.

A Letter from the Chair and Crisis Manager

Greetings Delegates!

Our names are Matty Bernstein and J.J. Woronoff and we are the Chair and Crisis Manager of the Hollywood Blacklist: Meeting of Entertainment Executives (1947)! We are excited to welcome you all to Washington, DC in February for a weekend of exhilarating debate and crises.  

This committee will convene in 1947 in response to William Wilkerson’s article in the Hollywood Reporter that identified ten individuals in the entertainment community with supposed ties to communist activity and the impending investigation by the House Un-American Affairs Committee (HUAC).  Set in the backdrop of post-World War II America, Americans are more suspicious than ever of communism as the Cold War rivalry with the Soviet Union begins to heat up.  As delegates, you will represent various professionals in the entertainment industry including executives of major companies as well as representatives of screen actors and writer’s guilds.  In this Ad-Hoc meeting, your loyalties will be tested as growing pressure from Congress mounts to identify members of your community with ties to communist activity.  It will be up to you whether to sell out your colleagues, truthfully or not, or to resist the government’s pursuit.

This committee will be an experience in attempting to create a united industry front, while dealing with the personal repercussions to each individual and their organizations should they fail to cooperate.  We look forward to meeting you all at the Hilton and enjoying a weekend of high quality debate, cooperation and manipulation.  Please feel free to reach out to us with questions any time before the conference!

Hoya Saxa!
Matty Bernstein and J.J. Woronoff

Chair and Crisis Manager, The Hollywood Blacklist

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About the Chair

Matty Bernstein is a rising Junior in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics with a concentration in International Security.  Hailing from the San Diego suburb of Encinitas, CA, Matty is heavily involved with Model UN at Georgetown, having served on the Secretariat of NAIMUN LIV and regularly traveling on the college circuit with Georgetown’s  MUN Team. Outside of MUN, Matty is a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity with Crisis Manager J.J. where he has been the Chapter’s Social and Rush Chair, has formerly interned for Congressman Beto O’Rourke, and is currently working for UBS this summer.  If you are reading this in Fall 2017, Matty is studying Central European Studies in Prague, Czech Republic and exploring Europe.  When not doing (or while doing) the aforementioned things, Matty can be found at the gym, posting on Instagram, tagging people in memes, or watching soccer.

About the Crisis Manager

J.J. Woronoff is a rising Junior in the McDonough School of Business, majoring in Finance and Film Production/Marketing with a minor in Math. Hailing from the Brentwood suburb of Los Angeles, CA, J.J. served as a Rapporteur on last year’s Paris 2015 Climate Change GA, and takes great interest in movie making, specifically in crafting story and writing scripts. Outside of MUN, J.J. is a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity with Senior Crisis Analyst Grant where he is currently the chapter’s Social Chair.

Learning Goals

NAIMUN strives to provide the most well-rounded educational and enjoyable experience to delegates. The learning goals for the Hollywood Blacklist are as follows. Delegates will gain:

  • Information as to how a single publication gave impetus to a communist witch hunt in the entertainment industry.
  • A detailed understanding of how the entertainment industry can operate as an apparatus or a hindrance to the aims of governmental authority.
  • Insight as to how government and non-government entities interact against the backdrop of a tumultuous political climate.