UNCA Hosts Talk on World War I-Era Atlanta;
Event Celebrates Women's Studies Program Tenth Year
UNC Asheville Womenís Studies Program will wrap up its community
lecture series with a talk on "Leisure Is a Foe to Any Man: The
Pleasures and Dangers of Leisure in World War I-Era Atlanta" by UNCA
Assistant Professor of History Sarah Judson. The free talk will be held at
4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall.
Judsonís talk will explore the connections among womenís political
activism in Atlanta, the expanding consumer culture of the early 20th
century and the politics of white supremacy in the urban South. During
this time, African American and white women reformers hoped to instill
patriotism and chastity by creating programs and spaces for working women
to gather away from "corrupting" leisure centers such as dance
halls, movie theaters and even department stores.
This is the final talk in the four-part, year-long series sponsored by
the UNCA Womenís Studies Program. The series, "Celebrating 10
Years: A Taste of Our Scholarship and Community," marks the tenth
anniversary of the program.
Founded in the spring of 1991, the programís mission is to promote
the dissemination of knowledge about women and gender by offering courses,
promoting the integration of knowledge about women and gender across the
curriculum, and supporting co-curricular university activities, including
one of the regionís most comprehensive Womenís History Month programs
every March. To date, more than 110 Womenís Studies courses have been
taught by a third of UNCAís faculty.
For more information, call the UNCA Womenís Studies Program at
- Dr. Tracey Rizzo, UNCA Womenís Studies Director, 828/251-6122
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director, 828/251-6526