Cold War Public Diplomacy: Cultural Battles

Friday, December 9, 2016
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join the European Institute, the East Central European Center, and the Harriman Institute for a conference entitled "Cold War Diplomacy: Cultural Battles."

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Seating is limited, and an RSVP does not guarantee a spot, so please arrive early!


10:00-10:45am: Keynote Address: Csaba Békés

10:45-11:45am: Satellites, Genie Bottles, and Superheroes: America’s Cold Warriors
Commentator: Edward Tyerman
Allison Emmet, “I Dream of Jeannie: The Cold War, Television, and Gender Diplomacy”
Elizabeth Charchenko, “"Cue The Buffalo!" The History of Operation Telstar, The United States First Live Television Broadcast Across the Atlantic and Fred Friendly's Vision to Sell America to Europe”
Alexandra Peebles, “Illustrating the Cold War”

11:30-11:45am: Break

12:00-1:00pm: High Art or Simply the Good Life: Having it All in America
Commentator: Victoria Phillips
Silia Polyzogopoulou, “Exporting the American Lifestyle: Roman Holiday
Sofie Hansen, “Modern Dance as a Cold War Tool for the American State Department”
Gillian Jakab, "Performing Koans: Merce Cunningham’s threat to Humanism and the American Modernist Project in the Cold War, 1950s-60s"

1:00-2:00pm Lunch and Guest Lecture by Sergei Zhuk
"'Disco Mafia', 'Komsomol Capitalism' and Collapse of Communism." 

2:00-3:00pm: Listening to the Soviet Bloc: Jazz, Radio, and the Politics of an Encore
Commentator: Thai Jones
Jeffrey Golden, “Eddie Rosner’s Disguised Soviet Jazz”
Alex Wu, “A Chorus of Voices: Yugoslavia, 1962”
Jordan Lee, “Encore, Encore: Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’ in the USSR”

3:00-3:15pm Break

3:15-4:15pm: Writing to the Cold War Communist
Commentator: Elizabeth Leake
Giancarlo Milea, “Carissimi:" Victor Anfuso and the ‘Letters to Italy’ Campaign, 1946-1947"
Blake Mueller, “American Identity Internationalized: International House in New York”
Tinatin Japaridze, “Kremlin, You’ve Got Mail!: The Case of Samantha Smith”

4:15pm Closing Remarks