American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

July 2012 ASHP/CML Institute for College and University Teachers

Published September 21, 2011

“In the Trenches”The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded ASHP/CML a grant to host a two-week institute in July 2012 on the visual media—including the fine arts, photography, and ephemera—that helped define the American Civil War. “The Visual Culture of the American Civil War” will assess how information and opinion about the war and its impact were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans’ understanding on both sides of the conflict. Institute participants will attend seminars led by noted historians, art historians, and archivists; take part in hands-on sessions in museums and archives; and take part in new media lab workshops. Guided by a faculty team that represents the range of work in the field, these institute activities will introduce the rich body of scholarship that addresses or incorporates Civil War era visual culture, prompt exploration for further research in the field, and assist in devising approaches that use visual evidence to enhance teaching and researching the history of the war. Click here for further information about the Institute–and check back later this fall to apply!

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