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Online Lecture: Britain’s Intrepid Female Explorers — Gertrude Bell

Program No. 24613RJ
Join us on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 2 p.m. (ET)/ 11 a.m. (PT) for a one-hour lecture and Q&A to learn about Gertrude Bell, one of Britain’s intrepid female explorers.
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At a Glance

In honor of Women’s History Month, this series will celebrate four indefatigable English women who survived dangerous, sometimes near-death encounters — from menacing wildlife to knife-wielding assassins, from shipwrecks to cannibals! These plucky female trailblazers belonged to a rare breed of Britain’s aristocracy or upper middle-class society in an era when it was almost unheard of for a female to travel abroad unaccompanied by a man. Bucking social conventions, the intrepid female explorers of this four-part lecture series embarked on journeys that would often take them to some of the most misogynistic regions of the world. They would each come to be recognized for their fields of expertise — from archaeology to cartography, travel writing to public speaking and philology to diplomacy. In part three of this series, archaeologist and lecturer Nicholas Stavrinides discusses Gertrude Bell — the female “Lawrence of Arabia” who helped reshape the Middle East. Learn about the life of this early feminist who served as a British spy, political administrator and experienced archaeologist in Asia Minor, Palestine, Arabia and Mesopotamia. And discover the pivotal role she played in the remapping of the Middle East after World War I.

General Notes

This lecture is the third in a series of four lectures held on consecutive Thursdays starting March 9, 2023. To attend the full series, please also enroll in “Online Lecture: Britain’s Intrepid Female Explorers — Lady Hester Stanhope” (program #24605 on March 9, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET), “Online Lecture: Britain’s Intrepid Female Explorers — Mary Kinsley” (program #24609 on March 16, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET), and “Online Lecture: Britain’s Intrepid Female Explorers — Dame Freya Stark” (program #24617 on March 30, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET). The cost is $25 per lecture. Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event.

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