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Hollywood in The New Cold War- The Perpetual Perpetrator: Contemporary Contexts

Hollywood in The New Cold War- The Perpetual Perpetrator: Contemporary Contexts

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
General Public 

How does the entertainment industry continuously permeate the human mind and amplify the list of political adversaries, be it in America, Russia or elsewhere in the world? How does film manipulate the public national opinion?

It has been twenty-five years since the Soviet Union dissolved and the Cold War ended, yet Russia remains a loyal enemy. Although America and Russia have been allies for the past two decades, these countries always force one another into formulaic cultural imaginations, and Hollywood is by no means innocent. Even before Putin took over Crimea, more than 60 percent of Americans already regarded Russia as a bad guy on the world stage. Recent films such as the historical drama Bridge of Spies (2015), directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, further exemplify how little the American perception of the “enemy” has changed. Today Hollywood might gleefully rejoice--we told you so.


Panelists include:


Eliot Borenstein, Professor, Russian & Slavic Studies, and Provostial Fellow, editor of All The Russias Blog, Jordan Center, at New York University.

Todd Gitlin, Professor & Chair at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, author of Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street.


Moderated by Nina Khrushcheva, Professor of International Affairs, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, at The New School.


6:00PM - 8:00PM: Panel discussion


Recommended Viewing: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (USA, 1964); Bridge of Spies (USA, 2015).


Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, #HollywoodColdWar



This event is sponsored by the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, the Center for New York City Affairs and Global Studies at The New School.


In the 2016 Spring semester, to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the Cold War , the Graduate Program in International Affairs at Milano School holds a series of panel discussions and film screenings (curated by Professor Nina Khrushcheva and MA candidate Gabrielle Belli). The series aims to explore the symbiotic relations--both past and contemporary--between the media and politics that trace back to the golden age of Hollywood, the times of the Cold War. 


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