The Sweet Briar College Atlanta Alumnae Club’s Living Room Learning lecture series for 2018, titled “Marching Through 20th Century History: Prosperity and Peril: 1950-55,” will take place Jan. 10 through Feb. 21 at the Atlanta History Center’s McElreath Hall in Buckhead.

Each lecture will be from 2 to 4 p.m., and attendees are asked to arrive no later than 1:45 p.m.

The series will delve into how the United States’ decision to go to war in Korea, to support Israel in the Middle East and to fortify Western Europe shaped the Cold War standoff with the Soviet Union. It will also focus on what was happening in America at the time, when there was post-World War II prosperity but also anxiety about nuclear weapons and Communism.

The series is as follows:

Jan. 10: “America’s Affluent Society” by Patrick Allitt, Ph.D., history professor at Emory University in DeKalb County

Jan. 17: “The Early Days of the Civil Rights Movement” by Joseph Crespino, Ph.D., history professor at Emory

Jan. 24: “The Korean War” by Donald Bishop, diplomat, historian and chair of strategic communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia

Jan. 31: “The Middle East and the Rise of Arab Nationalism” by Kevin Jones, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at the University of Georgia in Athens

Feb. 7: “European Postwar Prosperity” Astrid Eckert, Ph.D., history professor at Emory

Feb. 14: “Highbrow/Lowbrow: American Culture in an Age of Anxiety” by Daniel LaChance, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Emory

Feb. 21: “The American Religious Revival” by Allitt

Tickets are $115 per person for the entire series and $35 for individual lectures. Seats will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. While reservations are requested, walk-ins are welcome.

Please make checks payable to the Sweet Briar Alumnae Club – LRL. They can be mailed to Louise J. Geddes, 2590 Woodward Way NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 or paid at the lecture site. The center is located at 130 W. Paces Ferry Road.

For more information, call Geddes at 404-452-7471.


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