popular culture

  • DC Comics and the American Dilemma of Race

    by Patrick L. Hamilton and Allan W. Austin

    Superhero popular culture has always been embedded within American racial attitudes, reflecting and even contributing to them in ways that reveal goodwill is not sufficient, in and of itself, to fix our problems.

  • Babe Ruth's New York @ 100

    by Jonathan Goldman

    When Babe Ruth started hitting home runs, the US started to change.

  • Assimilationists of a Feather

    by Elliot Friar and Travis LaCouter

    If the history of gay liberation has taught us anything, it’s that assimilationism is one hell of a drug.

  • Survivor-in-Chief?

    The 2020 election resembles nothing less than a political version of the Survivor franchise. Donald Trump fully intends to be the last man standing. To do so, however, he must contrive to get everyone else voted off the island. 

  • Black Perspectives Hosts Online Forum on HBO’s Watchmen This Week

    by Ahmad Greene-Hayes

    The forum will offer pieces from scholars in African American religious studies who think critically about the show and its engagement with politics, performance, and African American religions in the early twentieth-century South, specifically in Tulsa, after the 1921 massacre.

  • Omens of the Trumpian Nightmare in Literature, Film, and Song

    by Walter G. Moss

    Like Soloviev’s anti-Christ, Sinclair Lewis’s President Buzz Windrip in It Can’t Happen Here (1935) is different than Trump in some ways—”Windrip was almost a dwarf”—but possesses significant characteristics that remind us of Trump. 

  • How TV shows use serious archaeology to promote bogus history

    by David S. Anderson

    With its dubious claims, “Legends of the Lost” sits amid a problematic world of television shows, books and websites that promote pseudoarchaeological claims that produce an image of the past that their authors wish to see, rather than one supported by the thorough analysis of all relevant information.