Martha Bayles, a professor at Boston College, will discuss her new book "Through A Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy and America's Image Abroad" with Ambassador Nicholas Burns.

Martha Bayles is the author of Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music. Her reviews and essays on the arts, media, and cultural policy have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Weekly Standard, and many other publications. She teaches humanities at Boston College.

“Martha Bayles, one of America’s most astute cultural critics, demonstrates how the vulgarization of American popular culture has distorted the image of the United States for millions of people around the world, even as Washington has let its capacity for ‘public diplomacy’ decay. A lively but sobering read for anyone concerned with America’s place in the world.”—Francis Fukuyama