Events | Lecture | 5 March 2014

Public Lecture - "Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad"

Martha Bayles (Boston College) | Video >>

Martha Bayles will explore the role of popular culture in shaping America’s
global image, from the Cold War through the 1990s, when US public
diplomacy was cut back, and Hollywood was allowed to become America’s de
facto ambassador. A faculty member at Boston College, her research is focused
on American culture and its place in the world. She is a former TV and arts
critic for the Wall Street Journal and the author of Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music. Her new book is entitled
Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America's Image Abroad (Yale, 2014).

Public Lecture - "Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad" from IASCulture on Vimeo.

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