Aaron Lecklider, Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

Reexamine the landscape of America in 1950 as one of unprecedented prosperity coupled with the threat of destruction. The jubilant excitement of the economic, baby, suburban, and automobile booms did not curb Americans’ insecurities around the threat of nuclear destruction, the war in Korea, or a raft of domestic problems.

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After the lecture at 1:00 PM, immerse yourself in the landscape of 1950s America with the film Rebel Without a Cause. Don’t miss this timeless classic as James Dean continues to mesmerize audiences in his role of Jim Stark, a rebellious teenager in a new town.

Above: Gordon Parks, Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan, 1950. Photograph, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.