The Roaring Twenties

with Robert David “KC” Johnson / In Person or Online

Europe and the United States are recovering from the effects of a global pandemic. The United States is moving past a tumultuous presidency. Significant cultural and demographic changes are challenging the old order. New economic trends are creating a more interconnected, international world. More egalitarian attitudes around race and ethnicity are coexisting with emerging poisonous political movements. This all could describe the 2020s — but so too does it describe the 1920s: the focus of this seminar. Centering on both domestic and international affairs, we will look back a century to gain a better understanding of the promise and challenges of our current era. The final 10-15 minutes of each session will feature a discussion of contemporary events.


6 Sessions


Sept 15 – Dec 1, 2021

Online: 10:30am – 11:45am EST


In-Person: 2:00pm – 3:15pm EST


Session 1: SEPT 15

The Legacy of the 1910s

Session 2: SEPT 29

A New Decade Emerges

Session 3: OCT 13

Vengeance or Coexistence?

Session 4: OCT 27

The Changing Nature of American Politics

Session 5: NOV 10

Challenges to the Postwar Order

Session 6: DEC 1

The End of an Era

Meet the moderator

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Robert David “KC” Johnson

Robert “KC” Johnson is a Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. In 2007-2008, he taught at Tel Aviv University as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities.

Professor Johnson received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and his M.A. from the University of Chicago. His books include Congress and the Cold War, which was published by Cambridge University Press and won the D.B. Hardeman Prize. He has written widely on 20th and 21st century U.S. political, diplomatic, and legal affairs. Learn more.