To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I Valencia College’s East Campus will host a series of six presentations about the Great War. We invite Valencia students, faculty, and staff to be part of this important and timely event beginning October 9 through November 13 every Tuesday from 1:00-2:15. The speakers will discuss diverse topics including World War I and its impact on the Middle East, the role of women, the culture of the Roaring Twenties, poetry, and the genre of the war film.
WWI and Gender Identity: How the Great War Undermined What it Meant to be a Man and Changed What it Meant to be a Woman.
Heather Bryson, Professor of History
This lecture will broadly cover WWI and its aftermath using the lens of gender. I will examine how nation-states used ideas of masculinity to encourage men to fight even after the ravages of the Great War were well-known. War propaganda, the white-feather campaign, and the 1917/1918 mutinies will be used to underline the weakened prescriptions for manhood as the war dragged on. Ideas of femininity will also be explored. War-time jobs, female pacifists, suffrage, the "man drought", growing radicalism of women in the 1920s, and the concomitant angst of these shifts will be discussed to demonstrate that WWI forever expanded what it meant to be a lady.
Tuesday, October 30 at 1:00pm to 2:15pm
East Campus Building 3, 3-133
701 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32825