The Newberry Library

2013 Summer Professional Development Program for Teachers

"The Great War: Conflict, Representation, and Memory in American Culture”

Wednesday, June 26 – Friday, June 28th, 2013

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Content seminar on Wednesday, June 26th and Thursday, June 27th

Led by Dr. Patricia Scanlan, Art Historian and Independent Scholar

9 AM to 3 PM

Writing on the eve of "The Great War," Chicago lawyer, author, and art collector Arthur Jerome Eddy declared: "The world is filled with ferment." Eddy's words foreshadowed a period of unprecedented upheaval and collective trauma that dramatically altered American politics and society. In this seminar, we will analyze how the war affected conceptions about battle, the human body, identity, nationalism, and collective memory, as revealed through American visual culture. Furthermore, we will explore its profound impact on journalistic and artistic practices through careful readings of objects and primary source documents. These artifacts, along with John Dos Passos's One Man's Initiation: 1917, excerpts from Eddy's Cubists and Post-Impressionism (1914), and other critical texts, offer us a rich, interdisciplinary approach to this defining historical moment of the modern age.

Lesson Creation Workshop on Friday, June 28

Led Rachel Rooney and Hana Layson, Newberry Library

9 AM to 3 PM

Participants will look in-depth at the Newberry Digital Collections for the Classroom (, a digital education resource that features items from the Newberry’s holdings. Newberry staff will offer an introduction to the range of humanities resources on the site, and will guide participants through the special features that enable users to download entire collections, to select specific documents, or to design and share their own collections of Newberry documents. Finally, the teachers will discuss ways of incorporating these digital resources into classroom teaching—both as a source of primary documents and as a means of cultivating digital literacy among teachers and students. All of the techniques and resources offered by this workshop support the development of skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards.

Seminar Features

  • Open to all Chicago area teachers at no cost
  • Pre-seminar readings on the topic
  • Presentation of original items from the Newberry’s collections
  • Seminar-themed Digital Collection for the Classroom resource
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Stipend and CPDU credits provided
To Register.
Enrollment is limited.

For program details, full seminar description, and registration information

Visit the Newberry Library Teacher Programs website

Program Generously Sponsored by the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation