NCTC course on Cold War open to the public

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Sep 13, 2017

On March 29, 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of espionage for selling secrets about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. Their trial and executions ushered in an unprecedented era of fear in the United States, and Americans felt a dual threat from Communism abroad and at home.

Over the next few weeks, take a trip into America’s decade of fear, as Professors Pat Ledbetter and James Jones examine the international and domestic issues that shaped the early Cold War. The discussion will pay special attention to the reaction of the Third World to the fight between the superpowers, as well as the dangerous role that fear played in creating a demagogue in Joseph McCarthy.

Professors Ledbetter and Jones will continue their exploration of the Cold War with a study of the relationship between comic books and the ideological struggle of the time. Before superheroes became an integral part of mainstream American culture, they existed primarily on the pages of comic books. While comic books have a long history in American culture, they took on a special meaning during the Cold War. Learn about the Avengers and Red Guardian, Iron Man’s activities in Vietnam, and even the long running Soviet Super Soldiers series from Marvel comics, and how these heroes were used to promote an American agenda in the midst of the Cold War.

This course, “Cold War: Burning Questions” is part of the Adult and Continuing Education program at North Central Texas College, and is open to all interested members of the community. Sessions meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 - 11:00 AM in the new Leo and Mabel Scott Health Sciences Center on the NCTC Gainesville campus, room 2410. Community members are welcome to join for one class or attend every week.