Friends in the Santa Barbara, California area, I will be giving a talk at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
Seeing War: Identity, Purpose and Play
Tuesday, April 16 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
War is both everywhere and invisible. It’s there when we shop, when we socialize. We are reminded of it and yet distracted from its effects. In our culture we conflate war and play. We are attracted to weapons of war, in part, because they give us the promise of power and inspire heroic fantasies, at a time when many aspects of life feel small and without purpose. In the words of Chris Hedges, “war is a force that gives us meaning.” Photographic artist Nina Berman will present examples from three bodies of work – Purple Hearts, Marine Wedding, and Homeland – which explore the consequences and allure of war and militarism in post-September 11 America.
The artist lecture is part of the University’s ongoing series Fallout:In the Aftermath of War
Special thanks to Emily Zinn.