Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Coming Events

By Mitchell Hadley

Here's something that might be of interest to anyone who dabbles in television, politics, or both.

In November, the Minnesota History Center presents "The 1950s Sitcom - Guide to American Life." From the brochure: "Classic 1950s sitcoms showcased new ways to 'be American,' fighting the Cold War as the laugh track played. Discover how the makers of shows like 'Life with Riley,' 'The Goldbergs,' 'The Honeymooners' and 'Father Knows Best' bowed to anti-Communist political pressures and influenced the 'Greatest Generation' as well as 21st-century ideals. With pop culture historian Melissa Williams of the University of Minnesota."

Will this be an "ideology-free" lecture, concentrating on the mechanics of 50s sitcoms? Will it turn into a conservative-bashing smirkfest? Will it be a serious discussion of the effects of television on contemporary culture and vice versa?

Only one way to find out. Tuesday, November 10 at 7pm at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. in St. Paul.

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