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The 1920s: Welcome to the New World

Evening Program

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.
Code: 1J0046
$25 - Member
$35 - Non-Member
$15 - Student Promotion
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The end of the Great War 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 on cultural topics, looks at the explosion of new directions in the 1920s, from the jazz craze to flappers and from the writers of the post-war 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 considers what comparisons may be drawn between that still-resonant era and today, as our ’20s begins.

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)