Throughout much of the first half of the 20th century, Americans imagined a brighter future as the nation’s rising power and scientific know-how unleashed a series of imaginative visions. At the height of American futurism, a life with flying cars, undersea cities, robots, space travel, and technological marvels seemed to be on the horizon. The optimistic spirit persisted despite world wars, the Cold War, and other challenges. In this course, we look at the evolution of American thinking about the future and at how world events shape our expectations about tomorrow.
INSTRUCTOR: Gordon Arnold is the author of several books about popular culture and U.S. society. He is professor of Liberal Arts at Montserrat College of Art where he has taught courses in Sociology and film history for more than thirty years.
NO REQUIRED BOOKS, supplementary materials will be provided by instructor
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609