Symbolic Struggles: Culture Conflict and Consensus in the United States

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture & Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Symbolic Struggles
Fall 2024
Taught By: Orville Lee
Section: A

CRN: 17255

Credits: 4

[Track C] 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 & Media (CAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 10:30am EDT 5/26/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/15/2024