Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Louis Menand on A Man is Shot: The Cold War Meaning of a Cinematic Technique
  • Lecture
  • 11/17/2011
  • 19:30-21:30
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Hall Center for the Humanities
Event Description
One of the most important cultural critics and scholars of American studies, Louis Menand’s reflections on the state of American culture and the university demonstrate wit, accessibility, and insider knowledge ofAmerican intellectual trends. In his presentation “A Man is Shot: The Cold War Meaning of a Cinematic Technique,” Menand will discuss a key moment in American self-definition, exploring how changes in film style and form reflect a broader Cold War story. Menand is perhaps best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Metaphysical Club (2001). His newest book, The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University, explores the liberal arts curriculum and its place in higher education. Menand is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard University. Reception follows.