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Tara Zahra, “RUNAWAYS: The Gallery of Vanished Husbands, Picture Brides, and Lost Children: How Migration Made the Modern Family”

September 17, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The 2019 George L. Mosse Lectures

Tara Zahra, University of Chicago

From the mass transatlantic migration of the turn of the twentieth century, to the refugee movements of the two World Wars, to the separation of families on the US southern border in 2018, migration policies have defined ideals of family and gender. Looking at three examples – runaways, single women, and separated families – this lecture series will explore the role of mass migration in making and breaking families and transforming gender roles in the twentieth century.

The other lectures in the series include:

  • Single Women, September 18, 3:30-5:00pm
  • Separated Families, September 19, 3:30-5:00pm

Tara Zahra is the Homer J. Livingston Professor of History at the University of Chicago. She is most recently the author of The Great Departure: Mass Migration and the Making of the ‘Free World’ (Norton, 2016) and, with Leora Auslander, Objects of War: The Materials Culture of Conflict and Displacement (Cornell, 2018). Her current projects include a co-authored history of World War I in the Habsburg Empire (with Pieter Judson), and a history of deglobalization in interwar Europe.


September 17, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


VandeBerg Auditorium, Pyle Center
702 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53706
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