The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and its Aftermath


New York, NY



July 6 - July 19, 2020 Length: 2 Weeks


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience


Donna Thompson Ray



This institute will study the visual culture of the American Civil War and its aftermath. 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 Americans’ views on both sides of and before and after the conflict. Participants will hear lectures by noted historians, art historians, and archivists and attend hands-on sessions in major 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, prompt them to do further research, and help them to use visual evidence to enhance their scholarship and teaching about the war and its short- and long-term effects.

Project Director(s)

Donna Thompson Ray

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Jermaine Archer, Amanda Bellows, Michele Bogart, Joshua Brown, Sarah Burns, Gregory Downs, Matthew Fox-Amato, Amanda Frisken, Lauren Hewes, Dominique Jean-Louis, Barbara Krauthamer, Turkiya Lowe, Maurie McInnis, Susan Schulten. Additional speakers TBA

Grantee Institution

The Graduate Center, CUNY