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2012 CHAViC Summer Seminar

Seeing the American Civil War:
How Visual Culture Recorded, Interpreted, and Remembered the Conflict

June 17-22, 2012
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, led by Professor Joshua Brown, executive director of the American Social History Project and professor of history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, will focus on the range of visual media that represented people, events, places, and policies during the Civil War and the ways photographs, paintings, news illustrations, prints, cartoons, maps, textiles, and monuments affected perception and opinion during and after the conflict. Participants will have access to the Society's varied collections of visual and printed materials to pursue their own interests.


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.


The deadline for applications to the seminar is March 15, 2012.
Download a pdf of the application.


Rooms, at the reduced rate of $129 (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 30 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, or visit the hotel website to reserve a

king room

or a

double queen room online.

Contact Information

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


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The American Antiquarian Society would like to acknowledge the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities through its Challenge Grant Program for this seminar. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this seminar do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.