American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath

An NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

July 10-21, 2023
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
New York, New York

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a National Endowment for the Humanities institute in Summer 2023 for 25 college and university teachers to study the visual culture of the American Civil War and its aftermath. This sixth iteration of the institute will focus on the era’s array of visual media—including the fine arts, ephemera, photography, cartoons, maps, and monuments—to examine how information and opinion about the war and its impact were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped views on both sides of and before and after the conflict. The institute will take place in-person.  Institute members will participate in seminars led by noted historians, art historians, and archivists, and take part in hands-on sessions in museums and archives.  A team of three institute faculty that represents the range of work in the field will introduce participants to the rich body of new scholarship that addresses or incorporates Civil War and postwar visual culture, conduct individual  conferences to do further research, and help them to use visual evidence to enhance their scholarship and teaching.

Faculty: Louise Bernard, Michele Bogart, Joshua Brown, Sarah Burns, Gregory Downs, Aston Gonzalez, Matthew Fox-Amato, Hilary N. Green, Lauren Hewes, Dominique Jean-Louis, Turkiya Lowe, Amy Mooney, Susan Schulten, Scott Manning Stevens, Donna Thompson Ray, and Heather Andrea Williams.








Application deadline: March 3, 2023
Notification date: April 3, 2023

For further information, contact:

Donna Thompson Ray, Institute Director
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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