In conjunction with UMMA's exhibition, Ernestine Ruben at Willow Run: Mobilizing Memory, photographer Ernestine Ruben and UMMA Assistant Curator of Photography Jennifer Friess, will discuss Ruben's return to Willow Run, which was designed by her grandfather, Albert Kahn, and the photographs she took of the complex. The program includes a screening of Willow Run, a short, 11-minute film by Ruben in collaboration with video artist Seth Bernstein, that builds upon the photographs and interprets them. The music for the film was written by composer Stephen Hartke. Berstein and Hartke will join all of the participants in a final roundtable discussion about the themes of history, memory, art, and image.
Ruben's talk is preceded by a keynote and response with eminent sociologist from CUNY Graduate Center, Ruth Milkman, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Katie Rosenblatt. Both scholars will address the roles of gender, class, and economics as they relate to the Willow Run industrial complex during the 1940s.
This Willow Run program is part of a larger U-M History Department's Symposium, "1943: Consequences of Mobilization" which uncovers the impact of World War II on the home front. This symposium investigates critical social changes produced by the war and draws upon a lively mix of scholars, artists, and musicians, who, in turn, explore the unprecedented social change that characterized wartime America.
2 - 4 p.m. Ann Arbor: The GI Bill and Its Impact on Higher Education, featuring lectures by Glenn Altschuler and Philo Hutcheson.
4 - 4:15 p.m. Visit UMMA exhibition Ernestine Ruben at Willow Run: Mobilizing Memory
4:15 - 6:30 p.m. Willow Run: Gender, Race, and Factory Work During and After World War II, featuring Ernestine Ruben, her collaborator composer Stephen Hartke, UMMA Assistant Curator of Photography Jennifer Friess, Ruth Milkman, and Katie Rosenblatt.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Break. UMMA exhibition Ernestine Ruben at Willow Run: Mobilizing Memory open for browsing.
7:30 - 9 p.m. Detroit: Remembering the Music with Vincent York's Jazzistry
For more information about the symposium and the U-M Bicentennial Theme Semester, please visit lsa.umich.edu/bicentennial or call 734-615-7400.