This course visits some of the groundbreaking TV series that presented humanities and sciences to global mass audiences in the 1960s and 1970s, when color television emerged as a cultural presence. We study the role of television as a still new and potentially disruptive medium, and examine works of art and media criticism that laid the groundwork for major conceptual and theoretical re-mappings of the fields of cultural and visual studies.


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Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.

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