In the middle decades of the 20th century, Americans imagined a bright future--a world of flying cars, undersea cities, household robots, space travel, and more. Despite the anxieties of the Cold War, it seemed as though a wondrous life of leisure and ease was at hand. Things never quite worked out the way people hoped, but these amazing dreams of the future shaped expectations for several generations. In this presentation, we'll take a fresh, new look at the colorful and exciting world of mid-century American futurism and the now-lost spirit of optimism that fueled it. Gordon Arnold is the author of several books about popular culture and U.S. society. He is professor of liberal arts at Montserrat College of Art.
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