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Culture Shock

Detail: Manet's Olympia



Series Description

Culture Shock is a four-part series exploring themes central to debates about cultural values, freedom of expression, and the role of arts in society. Each program tells the story of a once controversial, now classic work of art in literature (Huck Finn), painting (Manet's Olympia), music (1920s jazz), or film (the Hollywood production code), and explores its relevance today. Premiered January 2000.

Funders (and resulting constraints)

Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, CPB, National Endowment for the Humanities, PBS, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Herb Alpert Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Albert A. List Foundation, Inc., the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Sheldon H. Solow Foundation, and the George Gund Foundation

WGBH returned to the Ford Foundation and got an additional outreach grant for Huck Finn-related activities on top of series outreach.

Educational Outreach Budget Range

Large ($250K-$500K)

Educational Outreach "Producers"

WGBH staff developed and produced all educational outreach elements of the project. The Educational Print and Outreach staff handled the print and person-to-person activities, and WGBH Interactive staff produced the Web site.


National Council of Teachers of English, National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), Borders Books and Music, public television stations, and the Television Race Initiative

In this section:

    Auschwitz: Inside the
    Nazi State

    Building Big

>  Culture Shock

        Goals & Audience

        Outreach Elements


        Challenges &
        Lessons Learned



    In Search of Shakespeare

    Lewis & Clark:
    The Journey of the
    Corps of Discovery

    My Journey Home

    The New Americans

    Poetic License


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