The Great War from behind the lens

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 31, 2014

BLOOMSBURG — Vera Viditz-Ward, professor of art and art history at Bloomsburg University, will present her research as part of the Institute for Culture and Society’s Great War Centennial Lecture Series.

Viditz-Ward’s lecture, “The Great War and Photography,” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 218.

Vera Viditz-Ward

Like all monumental events in world history, photographers immortalized moments of what was known as “The War to End All Wars.” Viditz-Ward’s lecture will discuss the impact of the Great War on photography, with special attention to the work of specific photographers.

Vera Viditz-Ward has researched, lectured and published numerous articles on the history of photography. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Research awards for research on the history of Black African photography and for her photographic work in West Africa. A chapter of her research was included in the award-winning Anthology of African Photography. Her work is in many permanent collections, including the Smithsonian Institution and The Department of State Art in Embassies program.  

All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

ICS The Great War Centennial Series

  • Michael C. Hickey, professor of history, “Russia and its Jews in the Great War,” on Monday, Nov.17, 7 p.m., at Centennial Hall 218.
  • Brion White, instructor of communications studies, “Boardwalk Empire, PTSD and the Great War,” on Monday, Feb. 3, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239.
  • Jeanette Keith, professor of history, “The Lusitania Syndrome” and Beth Michalec, instructor of communication studies, “American Advertising and the Great War,” on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239.
  • Lisa Stallbaumer, professor of history, “War is Funny Business: The Use of Humor to Explore the Great War,” on Monday, Feb. 26, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239.
  • M. Safa Saracoglu, professor of history, “Film and Discussion: The Ottoman Empire in the Great War,” on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239.
  • Nancy Gentile Ford, professor of history, “Americans All! Immigrant Soldiers in the U.S. Army in the Great War,” on Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239.
  • Yahya Laayouni, assistant professor of languages and cultures, “Film and Discussion: France in the Great War,” on Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239.
  • Tina Entzminger, professor of English, and students, “Hemingway and the Great War: Poster Presentations and Discussion,” on Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239.
  • Nogin Chung, associate professor of art and art history, and students, “The Great War and Modernism in the Visual Arts: A Student Colloquium,” on Friday, April 24, 2015, 11 a.m. at Centennial Hall 239.

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