The Cultural Cold War

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Taught by Scott Ordway

Scott J. Ordway is an American composer and conductor of contemporary classical music. He is the author of three symphonies and more than 30 other works for orchestra, choir, and chamber ensembles. His music is regularly performed throughout the United States, and has been showcased recently in Rome, Berlin, New York, Boston, and Aspen. Also a published James Joyce scholar, he is a doctoral research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He splits his time between Brooklyn and

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Post-war geopolitics had a massive impact on cultural production in the 1950s and 60s, and the ramifications of that impact are still being felt today.

In this course, we'll look at how political considerations influenced artistic trends in Europe (and America, by extension) in the early years of the Cold War. Attention will be given to music, visual art, and graphic design. 

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