Category History

Susan R. Grayzel: The Changing Face of Modern War

Humanities Forum — Webb Lecture
The Changing Face of Modern War: Chemical Weapons and Civilian Bodies in the Aftermath of WWI
Susan R. Grayzel, Professor of History, Utah State University
Thursday, October 19, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Lethal chemical warfare entered the modern era in 1915. Denounced as horrific, nonetheless all sides participating in the war utilized chemical arms. Yet in 1939, the British government was testing gas masks on Indian civilian women. In this talk, Susan R. Grayzel will explore the complex legacy of World War I through a focus on the development of civil defense, especially the gas mask, designed to protect every man, woman, and child from the terrible new weapons that this war unleashed. (Click heading for full description.)

Julia Adeney Thomas: Nuclear Pain and Humanitarian Photography

Humanities Forum
Nuclear Pain and Humanitarian Photography: Morizumi Takashi, the Gulf Wars, and Fukushima
Julia Adeney Thomas, Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Can photography help us see suffering and end nuclear destruction? Linking three moments of atomic calamity — the Hiroshima atomic bombing, the uranium-tipped weapons in the First Gulf War, and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown — photographer Morizumi Takashi’s images attempt to find aesthetic leverage against the nuclearization of war and energy. This lecture explores the ethics of sight and how humanitarian efforts are both enabled and circumscribed by the shifting situations in which a photographer works. (Click heading for full description.)