Imaging War Fall 2013

TVPR 365 (UNIV 241) - Imaging War
Tuesdays, 6:30PM-9:20PM
Instructors: Profs. Karen Curry, Elliot Panek, and Hana Iverso

A dynamic look at the ways in which the depiction of war and its aftermath have developed through emerging media over the centuries. Guest speakers include photographers, curators, a playwright, cartoonists, combat artists, journalists and scholars.


September 24 – War/Photography, Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, featuring Anne Wilkes Tucker, curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 165 years of war photography in one acclaimed exhibit.

October 1 – Reel War, featuring Ian Abrams, Director of Westphal’s Screenwriting and Playwriting Program, in a discussion about how cinema portrays war.

October 8 – The War Was Televised. Television, the Vietnam War and How Covering War Changed Forever, featuring Ed Fouhy, Former CBS News Saigon Bureau Chief and Founder Of Pew Center on Civic Journalism, and Eason Jordan, former CNN Chief News Executive during Gulf and Iraq Wars, currently General Manager
of Now This News.

October 15 – How We Remember. James Young, UMass at Amherst, Renowned scholar on memory and war focusing largely on the Holocaust and Memorials. Young was also a juror on the committee for the 9/11 Memorial.

October 17 – SPECIAL EVENT - Playwright Donald Margulies – "Time Stands Still"

This play follows Sarah and James, a photo-journalist and a foreign correspondent, trying to adjust after being scarred, physically and emotionally, covering conflicts in the Middle East. We will have actors (including Nick Anselmo and Bruce Graham, who was in the Philadelphia production of the play) perform selected readings. In addition to Donald Margulies, speakers include: 

Photojournalist Mike Kamber, formerly with New York Times in Baghdad and currently founder and director of the Bronx Documentary Center. His recent book is Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq

Brian Palmer, journalist and filmmaker, directed Full Disclosure, a film about his time embedded with the US Marines in Iraq.  

Sheila MacVicar, correspondent for Al Jazeera.  In her time with ABC News, CBS News and
CNN, Sheila is a multiple Emmy Award winner and covered conflicts in Iraq, Bosnia, Israel, Syria, Rwanda, Zaire and other locations.

Reception to follow. Book signing by Mike Kamber.

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October 29 – Combat Artists. Former US Marine Mike Fay spent  20 years as a combat artist, capturing the realities of war on canvas. He will discuss the history of combat art and his work in recent conflicts.
Additionally, we will host an art exhibit called The Joe Bonham Project, curated by Fay, which includes portraits of wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as they recover back in the United States.
The class will be followed by an opening reception for the exhibit.

November 5 – How Television Portrays the War on Terror and The War On Drugs. Featuring Johanna Blakley, Deputy Director, The Norman Lear Center, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

November 12 – Under Fire: Journalists in Combat. CBC Documentary and Peabody Award Winner Dr. Anthony Feinstein, psychiatrist and expert on effects of combat on reporters, is the film’s producer.  Other guests TBA 

November 19 – Video Games and War with Dr. Matthew Payne, University of Alabama.

More details to be announced soon!