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The Power of Posters to Educate, Agitate, and Inspire

I Want Out

A Visual Presentation by Carol A. Wells

August 15, 2012
7:00 p.m.

From the Russian Revolution to the current wars, posters have been central to winning the hearts and minds of the people who pay the costs of war with their lives and their tax dollars. This presentation will show how posters have been used to promote and oppose wars throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on posters that oppose diverse U.S. interventions.

Carol A. Wells is an art historian, curator, writer, and poster collector. She writes and lectures extensively on art and politics. In 1988, Carol founded the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), an educational and research archive with more than 80,000 diverse social movement posters from the 19th century to the present, including the largest collection of post WWII protest posters in the United States. She believes that the power of graphics can combat public apathy and feelings of helplessness, and help open up a truly democratic arena for political debate.


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