On September 20, 1943, George Strock's famous Buna Beach photograph brought battlefield death to the pages of Life Magazine, representing the home front’s first “official” glimpse of the hideous face of death in World War II. In reality, the photograph was months behind other efforts to show the reality of death on the far-away battlefields of the Pacific to the American public. Earlier in 1943, the Office of Civilian Defense (OCD) embarked on a campaign to convince Americans at home to make greater sacrifices in support of the war effort. Though officially censored, the OCD campaign included depictions of dead or dying Soldiers in their push. On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Dr. James J. Kimble of Seton Hall University, will give a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to place the OCD’s efforts in the context of the U.S. government’s fervent censorship of American servicemen’s death on the battlefield. Since the imagery of death was officially censored at that point in the conflict, the campaign became a defining moment for the emotional involvement of civilians in what had been, for many, a distant war. Dr. Kimble will reveal vital connections between the home front and the battlefront, and critique the Roosevelt Administration's handling of the war's most gruesome propaganda.
Dr. James J. Kimble is Associate Professor of Communication & the Arts at Seton Hall University and, in early 2016, a Fulbright Scholar at Croatia's University of Rijeka. Dr. Kimble earned his PhD from the University of Maryland, and researches domestic propaganda, war rhetoric, and visual imagery. He is the author of Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds and Domestic Propaganda (2006), and Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (2014), as well as the writer and co-producer of the feature documentary, Scrappers: How the Heartland Won World War II. Professor Kimble is a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army's Chaplain Center and School and was a Senior Fellow at the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. He has been recognized by the National Communication Association with the Gerald R. Miller Award and the Karl R. Wallace Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Discourse. His newest book project (co-edited with Trischa Goodnow) is called, The 10¢ War: Comic Books, Propaganda, and World War II, due to be published in early 2017.
WARNING: This lecture will contain graphic images of war-time death, including bodies of American Servicemen during World War II, and may be unsuitable for some audiences.
Please carefully consider your attendance.
DATE: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM
PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room
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