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Making Myth: World War I and American Culture

March 7, 2015 | 10:00 am till 12:30 pm

François Henriquez, one of the event organizers shared “a great event, a capacity turnout.”

Attendees from the Yale Club of South Florida examined the impact of the First World War on American culture with four national scholars of film, literature, visual art, and memorials of whom three are Yale PhDs.  

The public program began at 10am, followed by an optional intimate lunch with the panelists.


The Panelists:

Pearl James, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Kentucky

Pearl James’s research focuses on modernism and World War I, with a special interest in American literature, film, propaganda posters and other types of visual culture. She is the author of The New Death: American Modernism and World War I (2013), and the editor of Picture This!: World War I Posters and Visual Culture (2009). She received her Ph.D. in English from Yale University.

David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Ar t, Wake Forest University

David Lubin is a specialist on the history of art, film, and popular culture in the United States. His book Flags and Faces: The Visual Culture of America’s First World War will be published this year, while his Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War will appear in 2016. Professor Lubin was awarded the Smithsonian Institution’s Charles Eldredge Prize for “outstanding scholarship in American art” in 2005. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale University.

Jennifer Wingate, Assistant Professor, St. Francis College

Jennifer Wingate is an expert on early twentieth-century American sculpture and WWI memorials with a special focus on gender studies, questions of authenticity, and popular art. Her articles on memorial sculpture have been published in American Art, Women’s Art Journal, and Public Art Dialogue. Her book, Sculpting Doughboys: Memory, Gender, and Taste in America’s WWI Memorials was recently published by Ashgate. She earned a Ph.D. in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University.

April Merleaux, Moderator // Assistant Professor, Florida International University

April Merleaux’s research focuses on the United States in an international context during the 20th century. Her book, Sugar and Civilization: American Empire and the Cultural Politics of Sweetness, will be published this year. She received a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 2010.
This program is presented in conjunction with The Wolfsonian–FIU’s special exhibition Myth and Machine: The First World War in Visual Culture with support from the Florida Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Knight Foundation.

Making Myth: World War I and American Culture


March 7, 2015
10:00 am till 12:30 pm
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