WWI and the Arts Summer NEH Institute Events of Interest

Hosted in Cincinnati from June 22-July 19 | June 23, 2014

The upcoming WWI and the Arts Summer NEH Institute will be hosted in Cincinnati from June 22-July 19. This exciting, highly innovative endeavor is deeply collaborative with town-gown partners, and linked to Cincinnati Opera's year-long Cincinnati Remembers WWI series of events.

Two main themes guide the Institute: first, to research WWI using the lenses of 'Sound, Vision, and Psyche,' namely music and poetry, visual arts, and medical and psychological sciences. The second goal is to extend the public's mental image of WWI beyond British soldiers in trenches to include the Asian and African war, both as battlefronts and through Asian and African soldiers who served in the war. Our scholars are exploring the international elements of the Great War, to give voices to those often ignored in popular depictions, such as colonial troops, African American soldiers, nurses, volunteers, and civilians on non-European home fronts. Institute fellows will develop some of Cincinnati's vast resources into online resources that teachers, scholars, and anyone on the web can use to broaden and deepen their understanding of the Great War.

Here are a few upcoming events that may be of interest:

  • On Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 at the Cincinnati Museum Center, historians Jeffrey Sammons and John Morrow will present  a riveting lecture on "Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War." The lecture will reveal Ohio's little-known connection to the 15th New York National Guard/369th U.S. Infantry Regiment, and will also detail Ohio's men of color who volunteered to serve in World War I. This event is free and open to the public, though requires a reservation. Click here for more details. As well, a 1913-style dinner reception proceeds this event. Each table will host at least one Institute fellow, an outstanding opportunity for anyone interested in discussing WWI with an expert on the topic.
  • On Tuesday, July 8, institute scholars of music, literature and theater will present, "Literature, Arts and Music of the Great War." The event takes place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 8, at the Mercantile Library at 414 Walnut St. downtown. The event will take place against the backdrop of an exhibit featuring the WWI writings, paintings and sketches of Cincinnati artist Elizabeth Nourse, who volunteered to aid refugees in France. She was awarded Notre Dame's 1921 Laetare Medal for distinguished service to humanity by a Catholic layperson.  For more information, call 513-621-0717. For reservations, see: reservations@mercantilelibrary.com
  • On Wednesday, July 9, the Institute and the UC College of Medicine will host Susan Grayzel, an internationally renowned history professor at the University of Mississippi, who will present a lecture on chemical warfare and the development of gas masks in the Great War. The event, "The Afterlife of the Chemist's War: Gas Masks and Culture, 1915-1945," will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, in Kresge Auditorium. For more information, call 513-556-0919.

There are a variety of other WWI events this summer, many of which can be found here.

A more detailed account of the Institute may be found here, as well as a frequently updated Facebook page.

We greatly value our Cincinnati community and hope you are able to attend or share information about one or many of our events this summer.