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For Teachers, Teaching & Learning: Educator Workshop Making Connections: History and Literature through Theater and Music


The decades between World War I and II saw drastic changes in many aspects of American and British life. Among these changes were suffrage, heightened expectations for equality for women and African Americans, a greater comfort level with Europe and European ideas, and wider acceptance for experimental music, dance and literature.  The intertwined theater communities of London's West End and New York's Broadway dealt with those changes through scripts and songs, especially in satiric revues.

This workshop will consider the concurrent exhibitions Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward and The Great American Revue as well as other NYPL collections to illustrate how the performing arts can illuminate the study of social history. Teachers will take a curator-led tour of the exhibitions and learn how to enrich and expand student learning in 20th century history and literature by using theatrical archives, including designs, scripts and recordings, and online materials at NYPL.

Thursday, May 24, 4-6 pm
Library for the Performing Arts

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