On Sunday, January 8, at The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Farnsworth Director of Education Roger Dell will deliver an illustrated lecture as part of the Camden Conference Community Events, a lead-up to the February Camden Conference: The United States in the Twenty-First Century: Do We Have What It Takes? The lecture, entitled The Origins of America’s Cultural Soft Power and What It Means for the Twenty-First Century, will take place at 1 p.m.
This is the third consecutive year that the Farnsworth has participated in the Camden Conference Community Events. Organized in two parts, the lecture will present the beginnings of American mass culture and its pervasive transatlantic influence. The first half of the talk will focus on the years between the Civil War and the First World War, when large-scale American cultural entities, such as the early moving picture industry, circuses, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and the 1892-93 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, became immensely popular in the states and were soon making an enormous impact on Europe.