Picturing the Great War: Conflict, Representation, and Memory in American Visual Culture

Berlin, Irving. "The Ragtime Soldier Man." Sheet Muisc - Cover, Driscoll Bx.167, Series 6
Berlin, Irving. "The Ragtime Soldier Man." Sheet Muisc - Cover, Driscoll Bx.167, Series 6
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, September 17 – November 12

6 - 7:30 pm

Led by Patricia Scanlan

American society and culture underwent profound transformations in the wake of the unprecedented violence, loss, and trauma of World War I. Studying diverse materials from American visual culture such as posters, paintings, illustrations, sheet music, and sculpture, we will analyze how the Great War affected conceptions about battle, the human body, identity, nationalism, and collective memory. Readings for the first session will be available electronically; please refer to your registration confirmation for details.

Patricia Scanlan holds a PhD in American art and visual culture from Indiana University. She is an independent art historian and serves as an adjunct lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

Readings will be available in a choice of two formats; please indicate your preference when you register:

  • a free, electronic copy; or
  • a course packet, which will be distributed and purchased at the first session. It will cost approximately $25 (cash or check accepted).

Readings for the First Session:

  • Readings for the first session will be available electronically; please refer to your registration confirmation for details.

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification. For more information see the Registration Information page.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Nine sessions, $231.
Register Online.