Martha Sandweiss, 2006 Faculty Fellow, to speak on “Western Photographs, National Culture” March 23

Martha Sandweiss, Ph.D., professor of history and American studies at Amherst College, will speak on “Western Photographs, National Culture” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 305.

Martha Sandweiss
Martha Sandweiss

Sandweiss is the fourth of six speakers appearing this spring as part of the Faculty Fellows Lecture and Workshop Series, presented by the Center for the Humanities Arts & Sciences. Her talk will situate photography within a national context of territorial expansion, political change and artistic development, and will investigate how Americans represented and interpreted the western landscape.

In addition, Sandweiss will lead a graduate student workshop at 10 a.m. Friday, March 24, in the Laboratory Sciences Building, Room 201. The discussion is titled “American Material Culture: Reading Photographs from Local Collections.”

The lecture is free and open to the public; the workshop is limited to current WU graduate students and faculty. RSVPs are requested in advance for both. Anheuser-Busch Hall is located on Olympian Way, just north of the intersection with Forsyth Boulevard. The Laboratory Science Building is located a short walk east of Anheuser-Busch Hall. For seat reservations or more information, call (314) 935-5576.

Sandweiss received her doctorate in history from Yale University in 1985. She is the author of Laura Gilpin: An Enduring Grace (1986), co-author of Eyewitness to War: Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848 (1989), editor of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America (1991), co-editor of The Oxford History of the American West (1994), and a contributor to numerous volumes on the art and photography of the American West. Her most recent book is Print the Legend: Photography and the American West (2002).

Subsequent speakers in the Faculty Fellows series will be:

April 17: Erin McGlothlin, Ph.D., assistant professor of Germanic language & literatures in Arts & Sciences at Washington University.

April 24 & 25: Mariët Westermann, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Calendar Summary

WHO: Martha Sandweiss, Ph.D., professor of history and American studies at Amherst College

WHAT: Lecture, “Western Photographs, National Culture”

WHEN: 4 p.m. Thursday, March 23

WHERE: Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 305

COST: Free and open to the public

SPONSOR: Center for the Humanities’ Faculty Fellows Series

INFORMATION: (314) 935-5576