War's Broken Boundaries | Newberry

War's Broken Boundaries

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Nora Eltahawy
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

War, as a certain popular lyric goes, is good for absolutely nothing. But can it help us see ourselves in a different light? In this seminar, we will use this guiding question in order to explore how some of the most important events in American military history have given rise to new ways of conceiving of the United States and of the various aspects of life within it. We will turn our attention to a wide range of works, including Kurt Vonnegut’s WWII satire Slaughterhouse-Five, Vietnam-era protest songs, and Maximilian Uriarte’s The White Donkey, a graphic novel about the Iraq War and PTSD. As we work our way through these texts and others, we will focus on content, examining how wars have affected the representation of gender, race, age, and sexuality in the US, as well as to form, exploring how authors have called on experimental styles and new or unusual genres in their attempts to depict the magnitude of wartime. We will ask such questions as: In what ways have wars–or the protests that surrounded them–helped shape youth culture in the US? How are women represented in times of war versus times of peace? And how do we think of WWII differently if we read about it in a graphic novel about mice?

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.