Art and Social Life
7 December, 2016
SUNY Geneseo, Newton 203
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality
Art and Social Life: The Crisis of American Democracy and Culture
Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00 PM
David Walsh, World Socialist Web Site Arts Editor
The coming to power of Donald Trump, a reactionary billionaire demagogue for whom only a quarter of the electorate voted, brings to a head processes that have been at work for decades. The Democratic Party's reliance on gender and racial politics and its indifference to the suffering of wide layers of the population have opened the door to the most right-wing government in American history, complete with semi-fascist elements.
The postwar culture of American liberalism has thoroughly collapsed. The notion, present in politics and art, that the most sinister social forces could be held at bay and the rights and conditions of wide layers of the population defended within the confines of American imperialist "democracy" has been disproven for all time. In art and politics, the turn now has to be to the working class and the problems of revolutionary leadership.
Join World Socialist Web Site Arts Editor David Walsh for a discussion on the role art must play in social and political life going forward. Walsh is the author of The Sky Between the Leaves: Film Reviews, Essays and Interviews 1992–2012 as well as the essays “The Aesthetic Component of Socialism,” “The Detroit Symphony Strike and the Defense of Culture in the US” and “Hollywood Honors Elia Kazan: Filmmaker and Informer.”
*Funded by Mandatory Student Activity Fees, with additional funding from the SUNY Geneseo English Department*