Fall 2019 Music, Movies, and the American Spirit


Course: Music, Movies, and the American Spirit

90-minute Sunday courses with information intricately tied to the exhibitions within The Center

Start Time: 1:00 PM


  • Sunday, November 3, 2019
  • Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Sunday, November 17, 2019
  • Sunday, December 1, 2019

Tickets are $49 for the course

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Tickets are $49 for the course

A series of classes with Bob Bahr to examine and discuss and examine the influence of film, popular music, and American religious thought in the years following World War II during the late 1940s and 1950s.
This influential period in American culture and thought, much of it inspired by creative and religious figures from the American South, helped to lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement and the changes in thinking about the role of women in American society.
Through the abundant use of filmed documentary material and archived performances we’ll look at the work and influence of such diverse creative figures as playwright Tennessee Williams, director Elia Kazan, producer Samuel Goldwyn, pop singers Elvis Presley and Sam Cooke, and religious leaders such as Reinhold Niebuhr, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rabbi Jacob Rothschild. We’ll also examine relevant work from the period in the collection of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Bob Bahr was an award winning journalist at CBS News in New York and CNN in Atlanta, where he was Managing Editor of the network’s Documentary Unit.  He writes and lectures frequently about the impact of popular culture and the film industry on American society.  He is the Executive Producer of the Center for Media and The Moving Image in Atlanta.
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