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2011 CHAViC Summer Seminar

Picturing Reform:
How Images Transformed America, 1830-1880

June 19-24, 2011
Worcester, Massachusetts

The Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) facilitates the use and understanding of popular images by scholars and their students in many disciplines — American studies, history, art history, and literature. Sessions at this summer seminar will focus on the history of print production in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; interpreting portrait paintings, prints, and photographs; "reading" illustrations in popular journals; and related topics. The Republican Party Going to the Right House
  Detail from Currier & Ives' The Republican Party Going to the Right House (1860)
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Participants will also have access to the Society's varied collections of visual materials to pursue their own interests.

About the Faculty

Louis P. Masur, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American Institutions and Values at Trinity College, will lead the seminar. Professor Masur is a specialist in cultural history and the author of many books and essays.

He will be joined by Lauren Hewes, the Andrew W. Mellon curator of graphic arts at the Society; Georgia Barnhill, CHAViC's director; David Jaffee, professor of early American history and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture; Jack Larkin, chief historian and museum scholar emeritus at Old Sturbridge Village; Joshua Brown, executive director, American Social History Project and professor of history, City University of New York; and Amy Richter, associate professor of history, Clark University.


The cost of the seminar will be $750 with some financial aid available for graduate students. Housing will be at a hotel within walking distance; the room rate is about $100 per night plus taxes. Participants can share rooms at a considerable savings.

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The deadline for applications to the seminar is March 18, 2011.
Download a pdf of the application.


Rooms, at the reduced rate of $109 (single/double) per night, are available at the Worcester Courtyard by Marriott, 72 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605. State and local taxes apply.

Reservations must be made by May 28, 2011, to receive this rate.

To make a reservation please call the hotel directly at 1-508-363-0300 and mention that you are coming in with the American Antiquarian Society "Summer Seminar-CHAViC" group.

Contact Information

For more information about the seminar, please contact Georgia B. Barnhill, Director of CHAViC, at gbarnhill[at] or 508-471-2173.


 ~ About the Faculty

 ~ Cost

 ~ Application

 ~ Housing

 ~ Draft Syllabus

 ~ Contact Information

 ~ Directions to AAS

 ~ Pay your tuition online

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