Under the Buffalo (Virtual) Lecture Series, Fall 2021

Co-sponsored by Alliance Bernstei.

Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917-1945
A Presentation by Allison S. Finkelstein
Thursday, September 30, 2021, 7PM (CST) (Hosted on Zoom)
Admission: $10 (Payable online or call EHC at 847 475-3410). EHC members Free!
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Join us for a presentation by historian Allison S. Finkelstein as she discusses her new book, Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917–1945. Finkelstein examines the ground-breaking role American women played in commemorating those who served and sacrificed in World War I. She will discuss the ways American women pioneered a relatively new form of war commemoration that impacted American practices of remembrance, encouraging Americans to rethink their approach and provided new definitions of what constitutes a memorial. In the process, they shifted the course of American practices, even though their memorialization methods did not achieve the widespread acceptance they had hoped it would.

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Allison S. Finkelstein earned her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Maryland, College
Park. She currently serves as a historian with the U.S. Army and previously worked for the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services History Office and Library and the American Battle
Monuments Commission. Her first book, Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How
American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917-1945
, was published by the University
of Alabama Press in August 2021. From 2017 to 2018, the Arlington County Board (Virginia)
appointed her as the Chair of the Arlington World War I Commemoration Task Force.

Purchase Forgotten Veterans, Invisible Memorials: How American Women Commemorated the Great War, 1917–1945 here!

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Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital
A Presentation by Cara A. Finnegan
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 7PM (CST) (Hosted on Zoom)
Admission: $10 (Payable online or call EHC at 847 475-3410). EHC members Free!
Registration Required. Click here to register.

Join us for a presentation by Cara A. Finnegan as she discusses her new book, Photographic Presidents, Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital. Lincoln’s somber portraits. Lyndon Johnson’s swearing in. George W. Bush’s reaction to learning about the 9/11 attacks. Photography plays an indelible role in how we remember and defines American presidents. Cara A. Finnegan ventures from a newly discovered daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams to Barack Obama’s selfies to tell the stories of how presidents have participated in the medium’s transformative moments. As she shows, technological developments not only changed photography but introduced new visual values that influence how we judge an image. At the same time, presidential photographs—as representations of leaders who symbolized the nation—sparked public debate on these values and their implications.

Cara A. Finnegan is a photography historian and professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her previous books include Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs (Smithsonian, 2003) and Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the Great Depression (Illinois, 2015). Since 2018 she has co-hosted Chatting The Pictures, a webcast that analyzes key news photos of the week. Dr. Finnegan earned her PhD at Northwestern University.

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