War of the Worlds: Louder than Time

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

War of the Worlds

Fall 2018

Taught By: Sarah Montague

Section: A

CRN: 7515

Credits: 4

This multidisciplinary course coincides with the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles’/Mercury Theatre’s production of War of the Worlds. This iconic radio program was a watershed in the history of broadcast. It altered the social contract between listeners and radio, pioneered the concept of “fake news,” and explored issues of truth and manipulation. It is at once reflective of the fraught period in world and American history from which it emerged, and a precursor of modes of creation, production, and conceptualization that are still evolving today. Also timely is the broadcast’s links to issues of journalistic ethics and rivalries, and a climate of xenophobia that helped fuel the audience response. The work has also developed a parallel life in arts and entertainment that will be explored. It has inspired films, stage plays, performance works, and music compositions. These will be studied as part of an exploration of War of the Worlds as a cultural artifact, as will the program’s place in the psychic and professional trajectory of its creator Orson Welles. Guest lecturers with unique perspectives on the work will include Noah Isenberg, speaking about War of the World’s history in film, and Anne Bogart, who reconceived the broadcast for the SITI Company. This course may be of particular interest to students of Culture & Media, Journalism & Design, and Theatre.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:35am 2/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 201

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/12/2018