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"Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics" Lecture at Pomona College

Steven Ross, professor of history at the University of Southern California, will deliver a lecture titled, “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics,” as part of The Hart Institute for American History’s 2007-08 Lecture Series at Pomona College. The lecture will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. and is the first in this year’s series on American film.

In his forthcoming project of the same name, Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics (Oxford University Press), Ross discusses the
fast approaching election year and the mounting presidential campaigns’ courtship of celebrities. He examines the emergence of Hollywood as a major center of
American politics and the role star power has played in the political life of the nation from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.

His previous books include Movies and American Society (Blackwell Publishers, 2002) and Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America (Princeton University Press, 1998).

The lecture will be held in the Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont) at Pomona College. For further information call: (909) 607-9435.

The Hart Institute for American History was established at Pomona College in 2000. The institute’s purpose is to ground the study of broad and abiding themes in American history in the close reading of primary documents, a term defined broadly to include such sources as photographs, music, material culture, and literary works, as well as traditional historical sources. .