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The 1920’s: a series on art, literature, and history

Monday March 21 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday April 4 2022

Join us for four lectures on the 1920s this spring. Programs will be held on Zoom.


Mon., 3/14/22, 7pm:
The Twenties: A Decade of Revolution and Reaction.  Presented by Stephen McGrath, CCSU
he 1920’2 was a decade of paradox: a revolution in manners and morals that touched everywhere in America, and a conservative reaction evident in the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the Scopes and Sacco and Vanzetti Trials, and the supremacy of the corporation.. In these ways, the Twenties were remarkably like our own times.
Stephen McGrath taught American history and European revolutions at Central Connecticut State University from 2000-2020. Before that, he was social Studies Supervisor in the West Hartford Schools. He holds an M.A. in history from Trinity College. He has written articles on Connecticut history for the Connecticut History Review and has presented papers at meetings of The Association for the Study of Connecticut and the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. His book on the history of the First Congregational Church of Woodbury, co-authored with Sara K. Griswold, received an award from the Connecticut Local History Organization.


Mon., 3/21/22, 7pm:
Art in 1920s Paris. Presented by Leanne Zalewski, CCSU

Join Dr. Zalewski for an exciting tour through the modern art scene in Paris! Artists flocked to Paris for its progressive view of the arts during the 1920’s.

Dr. Leanne Zalewski is Associate Professor of Art History at Central Connecticut State University. She has published widely on nineteenth-century American dealers, collectors, and the art market in edited volumes and scholarly journals. She has also presented numerous papers on Gilded Age art collecting, including the College Art Association conference, New York; Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London; Christie’s Education, London; and Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She received support from the Getty Research Institute, the Huntington Library, and the Frick Center for the History of Collecting in America. She is completing a book titled The New York Market for French Art in the Gilded Age, 1867-1893, Contextualizing Art Markets series, (New York: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, expected publication 2022).

Mon., 3/28/22,7pm:

Writing Home: Women Writers of the 1920s

“Writing Home” reconsiders the definition of “literary modernism”—a style of writing that evolved in the wake of WWI and into the 1920s. This literary movement has long been associated with such cosmopolitan male writers as Marcel Proust, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound.  Through a close consideration of the women writers of this time, we will redefine the “modernist” aesthetic to consider the importance of home through these authors’ representations of the freedom and entrapment of domesticity.  Books we will discuss include:  Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse; Djuna Barnes, Nightwood; Mina Loy, Lost Lunar BaedekerPoems; Gertrude Stein, tiny buttons and Nella Larsen, Passing.

Aimee Pozorski holds a Ph.D. in English from Emory University (2003) where she also earned a certificate in psychoanalytic studies. She has authored Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History in the Later Works (Continuum), Falling After 9/11: Crisis in American Art and Literature (Bloomsbury), and AIDS-Trauma and Politics (Lexington).  She has edited or co edited numerous volumes on the topics of Philip Roth, American Modernism, and HIV/AIDS representation. Her areas of expertise include contemporary American literature, trans-Atlantic modernism, theories of trauma and ethics, and narrative medicine. She is Professor and Assistant Chair of English at Central Connecticut State University, where she also directs the Racial Justice certificate program and co directs the American Studies minor. She is co executive editor of Philip Roth Studies.


Mon., 4/4/22, 7pm:
A Century of Statistical Measures in America, 1922-2022. Presented by Francis Coan.
Examining a variety of topics including life expectancy, fertility rates, income and wealth, cost of living, ethnic composition, and popular culture, this presentation will compare and contrast the United States of the early 1920s with the America of today.   Presented by Francis Coan, Tunxis. He is the great-grandson of Irish immigrants, born and raised in Bristol, Connecticut, where his family has resided since 1906. He grew up in a household full of books, toy soldiers, and plastic models of World War Two aircraft and armored fighting vehicles (most of which he built). He holds a B.A. in Geography and M.A. in History from Central Connecticut State University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Connecticut. Primarily a military historian, he wrote his dissertation on the origins and early history of the Connecticut National Guard and has published a number of encyclopedia entries and book reviews on military topics. Hired as an adjunct instructor in 1991, he has taught history, American government, and geography at Tunxis Community College for the past thirty-one years.


Please register once for the entire series, even if you cannot attend each lecture. Zoom links will be sent out before the event.


Series sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library and the Avon Historical Society.


Monday March 21 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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AFPL Adult Programs
860-673-9712 ext 4
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