Malgeri Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Sesame Street and the Cultural Politics of the Spoken Word in the 1970s 29 October 2019.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Kathryn Ostrofsky, Freelance Historian Victoria Cain, Northeastern University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//masc_banner.jpg

Sesame Street’s creators, audiences, and social activists all tried to use the popular television program as a tool to shape American society. The resulting discussions reveal that the sound of the spoken word played an important role in media representations of culture and community. People contested the messages conveyed by working-class accents, African American slang, and the Spanish language as they encouraged Sesame Street to embody Great Society liberalism or to engender a pluralistic society.