This summer, I’ve been accepted into a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer institute hosted at the Graduate Center at City University of New York. We’re discussing the visual culture of the American Civil War era with a host of experts and principal faculty members include Joshua Brown, executive director of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning and professor of history at CUNY, Sarah Burns, the Ruth N. Halls Professor of the History of Art at Indiana University, Gregory Downs, assistant professor of history at CUNY, and David Jaffee, professor and director of new media at the Bard Graduate Center.
My intent is to conduct research on how native people are represented through visual culture in the Civil War era. The main focus would fall on representations of Dakota Sioux during the uprising of 1862, as well as how native soldiers in both armies were captured/represented in art, photography, etc.. An important component of the research would also be on how to take archival material and make it accessible in classrooms at both the secondary and higher education level.
I’m settling into New York a bit this morning and will be updating material and trying to post some writing every evening on my experiences. Finally, this blog may get some more regular use!