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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 2:17 PM


Humanities West presents Paris: American Expatriate Genius bringing together a panel of noted scholars and performers to explore the exhilaration of Paris in the 1920’s and ‘30’s and the pool of talented American artists that crossed national, cultural, and artistic boundaries to create innovative modern forms of their art.

Postwar Paris, with its tolerant and cosmopolitan atmosphere (and its low cost of living) attracted a startling number of America’s cultural icons to live and work among the European avant-garde in a moveable feast of creativity.

This two-day program will explore —what Gertrude Stein referred to as—“the lost generation” —the American artistic geniuses that exuberantly and profoundly influenced literature, art, filmmaking, music, dance and theatre, reshaping 20th-century American and European culture.

Speakers include Donald W. Faulkner (NY State Writers Institute), Luciano Chessa (SF Conservatory of Music), Wanda M. Corn (Stanford), Deborah Loft (Marin College) and Tyler Stovall (UC Berkeley). Musical performance by Luciano Chessa (piano) accompanied by Heidi Moss (soprano) and Benjamin Kreith (violin). Theatrical performance by actress Laura Sheppard with musical accompaniment by Karen Rosenak (piano).

WHEN: 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Friday, October 19, 2012
10am to 12noon and 1:30pm to 4pm, Saturday, October 20, 2012

TICKETS: $20 - $75
Tickets are available through City Box Office at
415-392-4400 or online at
Group tickets:

PUBLIC INFO: 415/391-9700 or

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