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Professor wins award to study the "visual culture of hatred"

Dennis Crockett, associate professor of art, received an $8,000 Graves Award to study anti-Prussian art during a two-month stay in Germany this summer.

Dennis Crockett, associate professor of art
Crockett, a member of the Whitman faculty since 1992, earned his doctoral degree in art history at the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

"Throughout the 20th century, a prominent visual culture of hatred has existed," said Crockett, and "during the first half of the century the lion's share of this imagery was generated by Germans or in opposition to Germany." Crockett's current project is to study the origins of the imagery, specifically the mass-produced, anti-Prussian imagery produced by illustrators in the cities of Strasbourg, Colmar, and Munich in the 20 years preceding the outbreak of World War I.

Crockett said he expects this research specifically to enhance his course "German Visual Culture 1871-1937" but also to benefit and enhance the discussions of political imagery that are central to all of his classes.

The Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award is sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies. It is given to young professors at non-sectarian liberal arts institutions on the West Coast to encourage innovative scholarship in the humanities.

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