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American Studies is an Interdisciplinary Program at Stanford blending courses in history, literature, social sciences and the arts, in which students learn to analyze and interpret America's past and present, forging fresh and creative syntheses along the way.
 
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Fred Turner Book Talk
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04/21/2014 - 12:00pm
Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks (Building 460)

Associate Professor of Communications, Fred Turner, will be speaking on his new book, The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism From World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties. We commonly think of the psychedelic '60s as an explosion of creative energy and freedom that arose in direct revolt against the social restraint and authoritarian hierarchy of the early Cold War years. Yet, as Fred Turner reveals, decades that brought us the Korean War and communist witch hunts also witnessed an extraordinary turn toward explicitly democratic, open, and inclusive ideas of communication and with them new, flexible models of social order. Overturning common misconceptions of these transformational years, The Democratic Surround shows that the artistic and social radicalism of the sixties grew out of the liberal ideas of Cold War America, a democratic vision that still underlies our hopes for digital media today. Please RSVP to rmeisels@stanford.edu. Lunch will be provided. The talk will be held in the Terrace Room on the 4th floor of Margaret Jacks (building 460).