Arts and Ideas

Screening and discussion of Death and the Civil War

On September 18, the American Experience series on PBS will air Death and the Civil War, a new documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns based on Drew Gilpin Faust’s prize-winning book This Republic of Suffering. On the same evening, the Mahindra Humanities Center and the American Repertory Theater will present a screening and discussion of the film at the A.R.T.

The screening will be introduced by Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, and will be followed by a discussion with President Faust, Ric Burns, and Vincent Brown, professor of American History and African and African American Studies, who also appears in the film. The panel will be moderated by Homi Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center.

The film explores the transformation of the nation by the death of an estimated 750,000 men—nearly two and a half percent of the population—in the four years from 1861 to 1865. With the Civil War, and the staggering and completely unprecedented casualties it ushered in, death entered the experience of the American people as it never had before—on a scale and in a manner no one had ever imagined possible.

Free and open to the Harvard community. To reserve a ticket, please click here.