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In Times of War and Peace: American Musicals of the 1940s
October 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tim Carter returns to the Adventures in Ideas stage with the second installment of his decade-by-decade examination of American Musicals. This fall he takes on the 1940s. Whether and how American musicals on stage or screen should respond to World War II was a matter of some debate at the time. Some argued in favor of morale-boosting propaganda, while others preferred escapist entertainment. But the return to peace forced dealing with new social realities, whether reintegrating the military into civilian life or putting the Rosie the Riveters liberated by the war back in their domestic place. Professor Carter will explore in particular how stage and movie musicals of the mid-1940s adapted song-and-dance conventions to establish a post-war future. Click here for more information.