"The Atomic Age: Cold War Technology and Culture" Presentation

3/22/2017
 

It’s been a tumultuous year in America—but the more things change the more they remain the same.
           
Two Bay-College teachers will co-teach a class on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Joseph Heirman University Center Room 901 on the intersection of technology and American culture.
           
“New and traditional forms of mass media have always been used in attempts to encourage, persuade, and even manipulate our citizenry,” said Bill Milligan, Bay communications instructor. “But equally important is the impact our culture has on these mediums and the messages mirrored back to us.”
           
COMM 201: Mass Communication and Popular Culture, taught by Milligan, and HIST 232: History of Technology in America, taught by Dr. June Klees, will merge classes for one day to discuss the important aspect of technology and culture. The key focus will be on post-WWII and the Cold-War era.
           
“In the history of technology in America, there is perhaps no era more interesting and intriguing than that of the Cold War,” said June Klees, Bay history instructor.  “The Cold War and its related technologies intersected with many aspects of American life, sometimes in humorous ways.”
           
Milligan said post-WWII America is topic rich with cultural significance in this country.
           
"It was a time of massive change—both within our culture and because of the advent of new technologies. Boomers. The suburbs. The Bomb. Television becoming a mass medium. The Red Scare. The end of Modernism and the introduction of Post-Modernism. Our traditional values were tested and new ideas and views about ourselves and the world were forged through fear and sometimes even coercion,” Milligan said.
           
Klees added, “Despite daily worries of nuclear war, the technologies of the era shaped Americans’ sense of identity and belief in what was possible.  More than the technologies themselves, it is this dynamic that we’ll explore in our presentation.”

The class will run 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. and is open to the public. For more information call 217-4131 or 217-4011. 
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