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Saturday, Apr. 11th 2015


Hitchcock: Master of Suspense

Alfred Hitchcock enlivened the suspense genre with tongue-in-cheek introductions, macabre humor, and twist endings. In this workshop students analyze Hitchcock’s use of the ordinary to create exciting, even frightening, television drama.

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Portrayals of Women on Television

Examine how portrayals of women on television have evolved from the 1950s to the present. This class encourages participants to think about women they admire and to compare them to these fictional portrayals.

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Red Scare: The Cold War & Television

During the 1950s television emerged as the most powerful mass medium since the invention of the printing press. At this time, America was gripped with fear and anxiety about the possibilities of war and nuclear threat, and television reflected this paranoia. Through close examination of 1950s television, including news, public service announcements, documentaries, and science fiction programming, this class investigates the ways that television reflected and perpetuated fear and hysteria during the Cold War period, a pivotal moment in modern history.

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The Civil Rights Movement and Television

In the years between 1954 and 1965, more legislation was passed, more court decisions were rendered, and more social change was effected in the name of civil rights than ever before. The rise of the Civil Rights Movement paralleled the growing use of television in the United States. In 1950 television was still in its infancy, but by 1960, televisions were present in 90 percent of American homes. Television provided the American public with a means to witness the struggle for civil rights nearly in real time and led a more informed society to enact social change.

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The Fine Art of Persuasion: Television and Advertising

What is advertising, what is its goal, and what are its methods? How do images and sounds combine to make a point or sell a product, and how have these changed over time? Through careful analysis, students will discover the persuasive techniques developed to capture a viewer’s attention in order to promote a product or idea.

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The Golden Years of Television

Between the late 40’s and early 60’s the medium of television became the dominant form of home entertainment. With only a few hours of programming a day, people excitedly tuned in to see what this new technology would bring into their living rooms. This presentation revisits and celebrates some of the most beloved personalities from these early years in television. Milton Bearle, Burns and Allen and Lucille Ball, along with some of the most popular Broadway performers and artists of the time are among the highlights. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get a glance at some of the Paley Center’s most popular Golden Year gems.

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