ARTISTS & OBJECTS GALLERY TALK
Calling All Rosies: Women, Work and War, 1939-1946
Thursday, December 4, 7 p.m.
Gregg Museum of Art & Design
Dr. Kathleen Berkeley, Professor of History at UNC Wilmington and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will explore the myriad of forces at work that led American women to enter the paid labor force for the first time during World War II, their experiences at work and at home, the legacy they bequeathed to their baby-boom daughters, and their representation in popular culture as the iconic folk hero “Rosie the Riveter.”
Dr. Berkeley’s research and teaching interests focus on issues of race, class, gender and sexuality in nineteenth and twentieth century America. Dr. Berkeley received her PhD in History from UCLA in 1980 and has been a member of the UNCW faculty since 1981. She is the author of two books, “The Women’s Liberation Movement in America,” and “Like a Plague of Locusts: From an Antebellum Town to a New South City, Memphis Tennessee, 1850-1880.”
This Artist & Objects Gallery Talk is presented in conjunction with
Let Me Call You Sweetheart: One Collector’s Vision
Sweetheart Jewelry from the Rhoda L. Berkowitz Collection
October 23-December 17, 2008
In a day when war took soldiers away without the benefit of e-mail, video conferencing and phone calls, jewelry and other memorabilia were a tangible way to help loved ones pay tribute to their men and women
overseas. In this exhibition, one collector’s treasure trove of objects from World War II explores the many forms of sweetheart jewelry.