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The 1920s: Welcome to the New World

In-Person and Online Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0208
In-person Ticket Holders: Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
Online Ticket Holders: Zoom
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Registration Advisory: This program has multiple ticket options depending on your choice to attend in person at the S. Dillon Ripley Center or as an online program using Zoom. Before you register, please refer to our in-person vs. online program procedural documentation to learn about our current terms and conditions.

The end of the Great War and 1918 pandemic ushered in a decade of economic prosperity and cultural dynamism in the United States. Women, newly given the vote, were finding their voice and testing their strength in the marketplace and elsewhere. Jazz radiated out from New York’s Harlem, which was undergoing a major renaissance in art, music, and literature. People were dancing faster, driving faster, and living faster. The modern world, with its sleek art deco façade, dramatic technological breakthroughs, proliferation of consumer products, and societal transformations, had arrived.

Stef Woods, a popular speaker and educator on cultural topics, looks at the explosion of new directions in the 1920s, from the jazz craze to flappers, and the writers of the postwar Lost Generation to Prohibition. She examines how ideas spread as the growth of radio broadcasts, publications, and movies connected people in even the most rural parts of the country.

Touching on how the Lost Generation compares to Generation Z, the cultural significance of the 1920 and 2020 elections, and the evolution of television and radio, Woods also considers what comparisons may be drawn between that still-resonant era and today’s ’20s.

General Information

Registration for this program will end by 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 2.