You Can’t Have One Without the Other: Politics, Pop Culture, and Democracy Today

You Can’t Have One Without the Other: Politics, Pop Culture, and Democracy Today
Todd Felts, Moderator; Hanif Abdurraqib, Tom Carson, Carina Chocano
 
 
From Archie Bunker’s living room to Saving Private Ryan to the latest hip-hop release, pop culture has frequently been an arena in which society wrestles with its political issues. Often the messaging in art is overt, sometimes it’s subtle, and at times it’s even absent — but even works of entertainment with no political intent can be politicized by the way they’re received. To explore this proxy debate, we’ve convened a stellar panel of cultural commentators: poet, critic, and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib, author of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us; Carina Chocano, frequent New York Times Magazine contributor and author of You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Princesses, Trainwrecks, and Other Man-Made Women; and Tom Carson, an award-winning critic of film, TV, and books, whose work appears frequently in Playboy, The Baffler, and the Barnes & Noble Review.
 
This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.  We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.