Ransom Center symposium to explore
American cultural life during the Civil War
The Ransom Center will host the 11th Flair Symposium, "Cultural Life During Wartime, 1861–1865" on September 18–20. The symposium is organized in conjunction with the Ransom Center's fall exhibition, The Making of Gone With The Wind. In the 75 years since the film's release, Gone With The Wind and the novel that inspired it have helped shape the way many Americans understand and remember the Civil War.
The symposium looks back to the nineteenth century to examine the cultural world of Union and Confederate painters, photographers, musicians, theater companies, and writers. The songs, images, poems, books, and plays that appeared between 1861 and 1865 offer a nuanced perspective on the Civil War that challenges later narratives, both fictional and historical.
The Flair Symposium, held biennially at the Ransom Center, honors the ideals set forth by Fleur Cowles and her landmark Flair magazine.
Ransom Center members receive a discount on registration.