New York, Paris, Berlin: The Roaring Twenties

When WWI ended, these three cities experienced astonishing cultural, political and social revolutions. This series explores some of the prominent areas and interconnections of these revolutions, including art, design, music, film, politics, architecture, technologies - even fashion.

 

 

Series Coordinator: Cheryl Kryzaniwsky

 

Series Date: 
Thursday, September 13, 2018 to Thursday, October 18, 2018
Price: 
45.00 CAD
Product variations: 
Title:
New York City
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Date: 
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
The Bayshore Community Centre.

The Flapper: what produced this daring new image of women? We look at two radical Amendments in 1920: Women's Suffrage, and Prohibition. The 1920s also experienced The Great Migration & the Harlem Renaissance, particularly in art and jazz music. The USA struggled – like now! – with the politics of Immigration.

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About the lecturer 

Peter Harris

Peter Harris is the former Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto and Special Lecturer in the Vic One Program, Victoria College. He has lectured to various seniors’ groups in the Toronto area.

Title:
Berlin
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Date: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
The Bayshore Community Centre.

Berlin was in chaos in 1918: the Kaiser abdicated; Putsches from Left and Right failed; spectacular inflation set in. Art of the times reflected the chaos of the times: Expressionism, dada, political satire, cabaret theatre.

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About the lecturer 

Peter Harris

Peter Harris is the former Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto and Special Lecturer in the Vic One Program, Victoria College. He has lectured to various seniors’ groups in the Toronto area.

Title:
Paris: "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm…."
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Date: 
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
The Bayshore Community Centre.

The rich cultural life of Paris proved irresistibly alluring to many Americans after WWI. We examine "Paris Noir", where many Black Americans settled; and Montparnasse, where many White American writers and artists gathered - Hemingway, Miller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Man Ray. The World’s Fair in Paris in 1925 produced Art Déco.

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About the lecturer 

Peter Harris

Peter Harris is the former Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto and Special Lecturer in the Vic One Program, Victoria College. He has lectured to various seniors’ groups in the Toronto area.

Title:
Art, Design, Architecture
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Date: 
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
The Bayshore Community Centre.

Art Déco rapidly spread internationally. In New York it became the fashionable style for new skyscrapers such as the Chrysler Building. In Germany, the Bauhaus school pioneered Modernist design: everything from typeface to doorknobs to skyscrapers was re-imagined. Berlin also developed innovative social housing.

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About the lecturer 

Peter Harris

Peter Harris is the former Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto and Special Lecturer in the Vic One Program, Victoria College. He has lectured to various seniors’ groups in the Toronto area.

Title:
New Science & New Technologies
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Date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
The Bayshore Community Centre.

A flood of new scientific theories challenged old ideas: relativity; quantum mechanics; the Uncertainty Principle; atomic fission; the expanding universe. New/improving technologies revolutionized American society: electricity, radio, gramophone, telephone, cinema, automobiles.

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About the lecturer 

Peter Harris

Peter Harris is the former Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto and Special Lecturer in the Vic One Program, Victoria College. He has lectured to various seniors’ groups in the Toronto area.

Title:
The Roaring Stops
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Date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
The Bayshore Community Centre.

Berlin became the centre of cinematic innovation. Then the Stock Market Crash in 1929 brought the decade-long party to an abrupt halt - not just in the USA but also in Germany, where the resultant depression ushered in the 3rd Reich, leading to a huge exodus of Weimar intellectuals and artists. In France the shock was less intense, but the heady "années folles" gradually died out by the mid-thirties.

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About the lecturer 

Peter Harris

Peter Harris is the former Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto and Special Lecturer in the Vic One Program, Victoria College. He has lectured to various seniors’ groups in the Toronto area.