Pop Culture and the Cold War

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Pop Culture and the Cold War

Spring 2023

Taught By: Nina Khrushcheva

Section: A

CRN: 10945

Credits: 3

This course will serve as an introduction to the current confrontation between the USA and Russia, a familiar Cold War foe. What we witness in politics--America's incessant conversation about the "menacing Kremlin"--is not new, and as our investigation will show rhetoric and intensity of these confrontations between the USA and the USSR/Russia for the American side have been imagined largely in Hollywood and developed in popular American/Western culture in the past century. Although “The Cold War” officially ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, images, beliefs, and ways of thinking developed during its heyday continue to dominate the way Americans see and think about the country that they perceive as its main rival on the international scene. Through weekly lectures, readings, discussions, and film screenings we will focus on the complex interrelations between culture and politics in American literature, cinema, sports, music and through other pop-culture manifestations as well as the uncanny hold that this Cold War-era “other” continues to exert on our collective mentality.

This course is part of the Conflict & Security concentration and Mediia & Culture concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs. This course also fulfills the Research Portfolio requirement.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

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: 6:36pm 7/4/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Fanton Hall 72 5th

Room: 401

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023