Join alumni, family, friends, and Skidmore students and faculty currently in London for a lecture by Professor Janet Casey, who will discuss the intersections between this year’s First Year Experience Program and Classless Society, now on view at the Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery.
A reception with hors d'hourves, beer, wine, and soft drinks will follow.
Classless Society: It is a common belief in the United States that we live in a functionally classless society, where most people belong to one “middle class.” The American Dream of upward mobility for everyone has long enabled the perception that classes do not exist in our nation—or that, if they do exist, they are fluid and easily changeable. Classless Society questions how one might think about class today in the current social and economic context, including the availability (or not) of class mobility and the different ways that class is signaled and understood. Works of contemporary art and materials drawn from popular culture examine the nature of class, the viability of the American Dream, and the reasons why the myth of a classless society persist.