City Girls: Berlin’s Modern Women of the Weimar Republic

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 9:30am to 10:30am
UA Poetry Center, Rubel Room 1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, AZ 85721  

Cut loose from a conventional female lifestyle of domesticity with her short hemline, bobbed hair, Cloche hat and cigarette, the new German woman became an icon of modernity during this period between World War I and II.  She graced the streets of the city on her way to work, to shop or to a show. She enjoyed an unprecedented freedom of movement with a range of opportunities little known to earlier generations of women. Join us for a look at the modern woman, a prominent figure that emerged in a time of vast social changes, a time that was driven by the passion to invent, change, and entertain. Her presence transformed the cityscape, and the city of Berlin became her stage. Presented by Barbara Kosta, Head of the Department of German Studies, as part of Humanities Week.
Raising hell and blazing trails are both on the agenda for Humanities Week, October 13-17, 2014, presented by the University of Arizona College of Humanities. Meet famous and infamous groundbreakers of the past and delve into a world where gender boundaries are broken and cultural connections are made during the weeklong series of free events. All Humanities Week events are free and open to the public and most are held in the Dorothy Rubel Room at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen Street, unless otherwise noted. For more detailed descriptions of the lectures, please visit or call (520) 621-0210.
The College of Humanities is home to programs devoted to the study of the world’s languages, literatures, and cultures. The college consists of 13 individual units as well as several other academic and overseas-study programs.


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