All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will begin at 2:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. Review of the day (10 minutes) with our Group Leader. 2:10 p.m. Lecture (20 minutes). The first democratic elections in 1916 opened the door to an active, complex 20th century. We will learn how hectic times in politics, economy, and society were reflected in eclectic styles. 2:30 p.m. Virtual field trip (30 minutes). We will explore the most stylish part of the city that became known as the “Paris of South America.” We’ll see French-style boulevards, mansions, parks designed by French-Argentine landscape architect Charles Thays, and the Teatro Colon — one of the world’s most important opera houses. The Recoleta Cemetery is filled with art works memorializing historic figures. Trendy Palermo is currently the place for young families. 3:00 p.m. Break (10 minutes). 3:10 p.m. Lecture (40 minutes). María Eva Duarte Perón — known as Evita — was an actress who became the wife of Juan Perón and the First Lady of Argentina when he was elected President. She was powerful and controversial but beloved by poor people for her dedication to improving their lives. She was only 33 when she died of cancer. We will learn what made her loved by many, hated by others, and still evocative today. 3:50 p.m. Discussion (20 minutes). We will talk about Evita and the extremes of emotion she awakened. 4:20 p.m. Virtual field trip (20 minutes). Puerto Madero is where new and old in Buenos Aires converge. We will see the docks where ships came at the end of the 19th century. Long abandoned, they have been saved and remade. Today, Puerto Madero is the nexus of the city’s deluxe and state-of-the-art facilities: from homes and offices to luxury hotels, high end restaurants, skyscrapers, theaters, and universities. 4:40 p.m. Interactive Q&A (15 minutes). 4:55 p.m. Wrap-up and notes for tomorrow (5 minutes). 5:00 p.m. Today’s session will end.