Are you interested in re-visiting the allure of break dancing, music videos and Madonna’s influence on fashion? Perhaps you are wondering how Ronald Reagan’s political and economic policies have impacted the 21st century or are interested in discussing what you find most intriguing about the decade that marks the end of the cold war?
“The decade in which I was born has been the subject of intense nostalgia since the 21st century began,” shares Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee history professor Taylor Tiraterra. “People who were children in the eighties have revived many of their beloved cultural memories for the new century, and American conservatives have looked back on it as a golden age of modern U.S. History.”
Tiraterra will lead a thought provoking discussion focused on the question “In what ways have the 1980s shape modern America?” from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on March 6. Community members and visitors are welcome to attend the program examining issues ranging from Reagonomics to the musical culture of the eighties.
“Join us for a discussion of the critical legacy of the 1980s,” invites Tiraterra, an especially well-regarded educator. Tiraterra holds a Masters degree with an emphasis in American History from Sacramento State and is known for appreciating differing viewpoints of historical events. This semester he is teaching Western Civilization since 1715 and History of the United States since 1865 at Sierra College in addition to history classes at Truckee Meadows Community College.
Reservations are required and can be made at sierracollege.ticketleap.com. Attendees are invited to come early to socialize over refreshments sponsored by Starbucks from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Two additional sessions remain in the spring 2015 Sierra College Insights Friday evening series. “Strange Faces: Lon Chaney and the Ethics of Horror” with University of Nevada English professor Dr. Katherine Fusco will take place on April 10 and “Arthurian Legends and the Holy Grail” with UNR’s Dr. Phil Boardman will take place on May 8. For more information, visit sierracollege.ticketleap.com or call (530) 550-2225.
IF YOU GO
What: Sierra College Insights presents “Morning in America or the Second Gilded Age? The Cultural and Political Legacy of the 1980s” with history professor Taylor Tiraterra
When: 7 to 8:15 p.m., Friday, March 6
Complimentary refreshments sponsored by Starbucks from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee, 11001 College Trail, Truckee
Cost: Donations welcome.