‘The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture’ is a free course offered by the Smithsonian and edX.
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During the course you’ll explore the following questions:
- Why did superheroes first arise in 1938 and experience what we refer to as their “Golden Age” during World War II?
- Why did the superhero genre ebb and flow in popularity over the decades?
- How have comic books, published weekly since the mid-1930’s, mirrored a changing American society, reflecting our mores, slang, fads, biases and prejudices?
- Why was the comic book industry nearly shut down in the McCarthy Era of the 1950’s?
- How did our superheroes become super-villains in the eyes of the government, clergy, educators, and parents of the mid-20th Century?
- When and how did comic books become acceptable again, and eventually become valid teaching tools in universities and schools?
- When and how did comic book artwork become accepted as a true American art form as indigenous to this country as jazz?
- Finally, when and how did comic books become “cool” and the basis for blockbuster movies, hit TV series, top-selling video games, and acclaimed animation, while also impacting fashion and style- and even the moral and ethical codes of children- around the globe?
Course Code: POPX1.1x
Classes Start: 5 May 2015
Course Length: 5 weeks
Estimated effort: 1 – 2 hours/week
A bit of Winston Churchill comes to town
I found the following story thanks our local news, WTVM W.C Bradley Co. Museum hosts The Pursuit of Painting Exhibition and then just-so-happened to be down at the W.C. Bradley for a meeting a few days later.
If you’re in the Columbus, Georgia area and have a chance to stop by the W.C. Bradley Museum (directions) make sure you do before September 16th!
In the summer of 1922, Clementine Churchill took her husband and five children, one of whom, Diana, is shown here, on holiday to Frinton-on-Sea in Essex, England. Churchill had only begun painting in 1915 following the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli, which had led to Churchill’s forced resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty and subsequent political alienation. It was in part through painting, he said, that he was able to regain the confidence to rebuild his role in government. This year proved particularly critical for Churchill’s painting career. Not only did he purchase Chartwell, his long-term residence and site of his primary painting studio, but he also both gained the mentorship of fellow artists Edward Marsh and Charles Montag and garnered acclaim for his publication in late 1912 of the article “Painting as a Pastime.” “An Avenue at Frinton-on-Sea” evidences the bright palette, loose brushwork, and clear horizon line that would characterize many of his paintings over the years.
The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting On Display through September 16th, 2014
Where is the exhibit headed next?