The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and its Aftermath


New York, NY



June 28-July 1; July 5-7; and July 12-14, 2021 Length: 3 Weeks


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience


Donna Thompson Ray



The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a three-week remote summer institute in June/July 2021 for 25 college and university teachers to 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; Penee Bender

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Jermaine Archer; Georgia Barnhill; Amanda Bellows; Louise Bernard; Joshua Brown; Sarah Burns; Gregory Downs; Matthew Fox-Amato; Amanda Frisken; Dominique Jean-Louis; Barbara Krauthamer; Turkiya Lowe Maurie McInnis, Susan Schulten, Scott Manning Stevens, Dell Upton.

Grantee Institution

American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Funded through the Division of Education Programs