Fulton School of Liberal Arts

Adventures in Ideas: Humanities Seminars

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Cost (including continental breakfast & lunch): $30 each or $75 for all three seminars.

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Sponsored by the Fulton School of Liberal Arts and the Whaley Family Foundation.  Adventures in Ideas Humanities seminars feature outstanding faculty from the Fulton School of Liberal Arts exploring important social, cultural, or moral topics.

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2015-2016 Seminars

Warrior Dreams: The Militarization of American Police

with Donald Whaley, history professor emeritus

SWAT teams and police use of assault weapons, military vehicles, and aggressive tactics of the kind that caused the death of Eric Garner in New York are manifestations of a warrior culture that dominates law enforcement.  Don Whaley, history professor emeritus, examines the origin of that culture in a mythology created by Hollywood films in the 1970s and 1980s and how that mythology shaped public policy. 

The Look of Victory: Design and visual Culture in the "Long" Fifties

with Dr. Victoria Pass

The allied victory in World War II marked the beginning of a period of unprecedented prosperity in the United States.  Growing corporations such as IBM believed that “good design is good business” and commissioned designers to create total visual branding strategies.  Magazines, Hollywood films, and—the newest form of mass media—television brought  images of flawlessly decorated suburban homes, fashionable Detroit cars, and women impeccably dressed in versions of Dior’s New Look into American homes.   Designers such as Charles James, Paul Rand, Claire McCardell, Eva Zeisel, and Charles and Ray Eames combined the look of European Modernism (especially Biomorphic-Surrealism) with a unique American optimism, rejecting the privations of the Depression and War years.  This seminar will explore the new look of these years, examining fashion, industrial, interior and graphic design as well as the visual culture of the “long” fifties.

Songs of Social Significance: Broadway during the Great Depression and Second World War

with Drs. Leanne Wood, John Wright and Bill Folger

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