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Humanities Grant Allows UC Faculty Member to Host WWI Summer Institute in Cincinnati 


Institute will educate faculty from around the country on interaction between arts and the war. 

Date: 12/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Courtney Danser
Phone: (513) 556-8577

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This summer Elizabeth Frierson, associate professor of history in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH). 

Frierson is now using that money, nearly $200,000, to host a four-week summer institute titled “WWI and the Arts: Sound, Vision, Psyche” for faculty members from universities around the country. 

Prominent guest scholars will take turns leading sessions in their own areas of expertise to educate the members of the institute about different aspects of art during World War I. The group will hold some of the sessions at the University of Cincinnati while others will take place at cultural institutions around the city, like The American Jewish Archives and the Cincinnati Museum Center.  Some of the guest scholars also will give free public lectures in the evenings on topics such as chemical warfare and gas masks, and the Harlem Hellfighters.

The institute is also partnering with the Cincinnati Opera for “Cincinnati Remembers World War I,” a series organized by the opera featuring a lineup of community and university events. As part of this partnership, members of the institute will attend the Cincinnati Opera presentation of “Silent Night,” which includes music from the WWI era, and discuss ways to build town-gown connections around the arts and critically important questions in human history and experience. 

Click Here for more information about the “WWI and the Arts” institute.

Click Here for more information about the Cincinnati Opera series, “Cincinnati Remembers World War I.”

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