Flappers and G-men: Looking for a Narrative amid 1920s Nostalgia | Newberry

Flappers and G-men: Looking for a Narrative amid 1920s Nostalgia

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Rachel Bohlmann, Notre Dame University
Full, waitlist available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Nostalgia for Prohibition suffuses popular culture of late. The Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Great Gatsby, the very popular cable series, “Boardwalk Empire,” and consumer desire for artisanal moonshine and “bootlegger balls,” all seem to manufacture a newly romanticized 1920s. How do we debunk stories that glamourize speakeasies and gangsters, violence and crime? What are more complicated, nuanced, and realistic narratives of this period? Using Chicago and Illinois as a case study, we will explore how Prohibition spurred an ominous expansion of racialized government policing and surveillance, and swept in a powerful cultural shift toward modernity that also realigned gender roles and expectations.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 7, 2016. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.