Symbolic Struggles: Culture Conflict and Consensus in the United States

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Symbolic Struggles

Fall 2019

Taught By: Orville Lee

Section: A

CRN: 7430

Credits: 4

This advanced seminar explores the dynamics of culture and politics that have shaped conflict and consensus in the United States over the last seventy years. Starting from intellectual visions of post-WW II political and cultural liberalism, course readings and films survey the reactions to the “liberal consensus” during the 1960s (i.e., civil rights, anti-war, and women’s movements; the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground) and the “conservative” reaction to these formations of the “New Left.” We will also consider the importance of “identity” in American culture and politics (from countercultural lifestyles to the Tea Party to Black Lives Matter) and the assertion of the continuing significance of class. Writers include: Louis Hartz, Richard Hofstadter, Daniel Bell, David Riesman, Todd Gitlin, Sara Evans, Jane Mansbridge, Arlie Hochschild, Richard Rorty, Christopher Lebron, and others. (Track C)

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*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: 10:07am 12/6/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 716

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019