World War II and American Popular Culture

Come to the Newberry for a professional development seminar on World War II and American Popular Culture, and a hands-on workshop with Newberry collection materials. Explore essential questions such as:

  • How are concepts of gender and race expressed through the visual culture of World War II? How are those concepts the same or different as present day ideas?
  • How did popular media during World War II promote ideas of patriotism and support the war effort at home and abroad?
  • How does American visual culture of the time period differ from that of other countries? How is it similar?
  • How did World War II impact American visual culture? Are there remnants from the time period that can be seen in popular visual culture today?

The morning will begin with a content-based seminar focused on American visual culture and World War II. In the afternoon, teachers will have the unique opportunity to work in-depth with the Newberry’s collections to design a field trip experience for their students. Participants will work with World War II era recruiting posters, photographs, sheet music, political cartoons, and advertisements, among other primary sources.

Participants will be expected to bring a class of up to 30 students to the Newberry to implement the field trip designed during the workshop. Field trips will be available Tuesday-Friday, 10 am - 4pm, and select Saturdays, from February 7 to June 15, 2017. Funding for a bus is available to each group.

6 CPDUs and a small stipend are available for completing the program, including the field trip component.

Funding for this program is generously provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.