Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
From The Jazz Singer to Show Boat, the Nanking Incident to the carving of Mount Rushmore, Charles Lindbergh’s first transatlantic flight to the Soviet Union’s celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution: 1927 invites reflection on the intersections and serendipitous synchronicities of one eventful year. Was the world flapping its way into Depression, or did modernist advances still offer hopes for the future? Join Fellows and friends of the National Humanities Center for a multimedia exploration of this rich cultural and artistic landscape.
This event will include a variety of short talks on cultural, political, and historical topics as well as selections of music, film, and literature that capture this vibrant moment in the modern era — between the World Wars and before the approaching worldwide depression.
Welcome and Introduction
Annegret Fauser (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Microtalks (7–8 minutes)
Culture and Politics
Discovering the Past
Art and Literature
Martin Berger (University of California, Santa Cruz), Moderator
1927 in Sight and Sound
Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary University of London), Moderator
|7:15 pm||Discussion and Conclusion|