Jim Cullen

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Politics and Culture of the Late American Empire, 1972–2016

Open, Small Lecture—Fall

This course will look at US society in the half-century since Watergate and the end of the Vietnam War into the 21st century. It will survey economic trends, political developments, and demographic changes—with particular attention to class, gender, race, region, and religion. Group conference discussions will focus on film, TV, and popular music of the period. Students will be asked to write a series of short essays and produce a longer group project. The larger goal of the class is to sharpen analytic skills and provide historical context that can inform broader student experience, academic and otherwise.