Cold War in the Classroom (2011)

Presentation Date: 

Friday, September 30, 2011


Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Cold War in the Classroom

In 1956, the head of the Atomic Energy Commission, Lewis Strauss, declared that the United States was waging a “Cold War of the Classroom” against the Soviet Union.  New scientific curricula and toys trained children to think about the world in a way deemed essential to American supremacy. This exhibition transformed the gallery into a mid-century, science classroom in order immerse visitors in Cold War lessons.

Staff curator assisting grad-student guest curators, Jeremy Blatter and Christopher Phillips.

See also: 2010s