Cold War Politics and Policy in Film and Novels

Hal Salzman (Public Policy)

Popular culture plays an important role in our understanding of global conflict and policy, perhaps most dramatically during the Cold War period. And the Cold War legacy still shapes current policy and politics. We will examine how popular films, movies, art, and novels portrayed the Cold War period and the relationship between the Soviet Union and the United States and current implications. Through iconic films exploring the cold war period, from the atomic bomb and Mutually Assured Destruction, to espionage to wars, and ending with the collapse of the Soviet bloc, we will explore key post-war policy issues and areas of the globe: the U.S., Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia. We will also visit the Zimmerli Art Museum for a tour of their world-renowned collection of nonconformist Soviet art, led by the exhibit’s curator.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 56 index 09684