Friday, February 22, 2013

Seeing War; Representing War

Next Thursday, Washingtonians have an unusual opportunity to hear a great scholar. As part of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art’s “After Five” series and in conjunction with its exhibition “The Civil War in American Art,” Drew Gilpin Faust, “Harvard University’s president and eminent Civil War historian,” will discuss “some of the forms in which the American Civil War was perceived by and represented to the American people, and the ways in which the nation dealt with the unprecedented carnage the War wrought.”  Would-be attendees are to pick up free tickets beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Kogod Courtyard.  The lecture itself will be in the Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, from 7 to 8:30.