Understanding America: 1936-2019
In just over 80 years, American History reflects a remarkable transformation in our country of attitudes and aspirations. Rather than simply review facts and figures, two of One Day University’s most acclaimed professors will be teaming up to offer a unique first-time-ever presentation focusing on iconic photographs and political ads.
Photography has transformed the ways in which we see the world, it captures events and also transforms them; depicting reality but also telling a story. Political ads provide the clearest window into the soul of America’s politics, culture, and history. From the Depression, both world wars, and civil rights struggles — through the Presidencies of Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, Obama and Trump, this remarkable morning will speak to our hopes and aspirations, as well as our anxieties and fears.
Louis Masur is a Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He received outstanding teaching awards from Rutgers, Trinity College, and the City College of New York, and won the Clive Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University. Leonard Steinhorn is a professor of communication and affiliate professor of history at American University. He currently serves as a political analyst for CBS News in Washington, D.C.