Please join me in spreading word of the NEH Summer Institute on World War I and the Arts: Sound, Vision, Psyche, which will convene in Cincinnati 22 June - 19 July of 2014. Our goal is to push beyond our society’s current common understanding of the war as a European war fought largely by white Europeans, and to develop scholars who will take a leading role in their institutions and communities in expanding our ways of understanding the war. The two intersecting angles we take on the Great War combine transregional reach with auditory, visual, and healing arts as ways to analyze, interpret, and narrate the war at the front and at home. During the Institute, participants will work with several styles of pedagogy, including lecture, seminar discussion, working groups, remote instruction, site visits, and interaction with creators of educational material in Cincinnati cultural institutions. This intensive program will provide a $3300 stipend to 22 college and university faculty and 3 graduate students, to cover travel, lodging in campus housing, most food, and incidentals.
Our institute leaders, innovative scholars of WWI in Europe, Russia, North Africa, the Middle East, and the U.S., will guide our participants in the study of several cultural ventures profoundly influenced by, and influencing, the course and outcome of the war. Participants will work with a vast array of primary sources, some newly translated for the institute, others collected from uncatalogued materials for us to puzzle through together. We have also planned several weekend and evening activities as part of Cincinnati Remembers WWI, a nine-month series of events concluding with Cincinnati Opera’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, “Silent Night”, set in the Christmas truce of 1914. While the History Department at UC is our host, we will also meet at several sites throughout the city, such as the Institute for Military Medicine, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the National Underground Railroad Museum and Freedom Center, Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.
For details on the schedule and how to apply, please visit our website athttp://www.uc.edu/webapps/NEHwwone2014/default.htm/. I hope you will find this endeavor to be one that you can recommend with enthusiasm to your colleagues.
Elizabeth B. Frierson, Ph.D.
History of the Middle East and North Africa