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Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Matthew Pinsker, Associate Professor of History, Pohanka Chair in American Civil War History, Dickinson College


Historians Harold Holzer (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Matthew Pinsker (Dickinson College) will explore selected issues from the Civil War era through the lens of American art. Topics will include slavery, emancipation and race, the human costs of war, Abraham Lincoln and wartime politics, and recurring battles over the war’s legacy.  Visual media will include nineteenth-century painting, photography, popular prints (including caricature), post-war sculpture, and modern film.  Participants will benefit from daily exposure to the immense resources of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and from the expertise of the museum’s curators and educational staff.  The week will feature special engagement with the museum’s American Wing as well as two notable special exhibitions:  “The Civil War and American Art” and “Photography and the American Civil War.”



Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:

Harold Holzer, Emancipating LIncoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory (Harvard, 2012)  

Louis Masur, The Civil War:  A Concise History (Oxford, 2011)     

Graduate Credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information, please click here.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

July 21st, 2013 5:00 PM   through   July 26th, 2013 5:00 PM
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
United States
Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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