High Stakes Culture explores the ongoing “culture wars'' and recent cultural flashpoints igniting across the country. Activists from all points of the political spectrum are turning to beloved cultural objects to stake a claim for their differing beliefs. The foundations of public education are being questioned as books are banned and Critical Race Theory' is challenged. States are passing laws that attempt to ban or criminalize medical treatment for trans teens and children. And a landmark abortion ruling has spurred national conversations about reproductive justice.
What is at stake in the ways we understand culture and cultural conflict? The High Stakes Culture series brings U-M scholars and students together to bring humanities perspectives to bear on compelling issues in the culture now. Join us as we ask: How and why does culture matter so much?
High Stakes Culture is presented by the Institute for the Humanities and the Humanities Collaboratory.