Past Event

Heroes, Statesmen, Philanderers, and Fools: The American Presidency in Popular Culture

A Road Scholar Program by Sarah Marcus

Werewolves roam the White House. A president is assassinated on the streets of Chicago. Another president dukes it out with terrorists aboard Air Force One. Explore the American presidency as it has been depicted in television and film – from fictional characters like “West Wing’s,” Josiah Bartlet to fictionalizations of real presidents in “Birth of a Nation” and the internet sensation JibJab. Although primarily intended to entertain, these depictions also offer criticism, praise, and alternative visions of contemporary political life. What images do they create, and what insights can we gain about American politics and culture during this election season?

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Carole Bergstraesser, 708.524.0395.