NOTE: I expect to be available throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, particularly fr virtual lectures.
Barbara L. Tischler is the author of numerous articles on American culture, the 1960s, and aspects of the anti–Vietnam War movement, along with An American Music (1986), Sights on the Sixties (1992), and Muhammad Ali: A Man of Many Voices (2015). She has also taught courses on the U.S. Constitution and U.S. history at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her most recent research and presentation interests include African-American history, the civil rights movement, and the discourse of enslaved people as a aspect of community, humanity, and resistance.
This is a lecture about music in wartime. What did soldiers sing? How did composers utilize the tools of their craft to support wartime efforts? What role did music play in the development of anti-war sentiment in the military and the population at large? Although the primary area of inquiry is World Wars I and II, the lecture includes additional conflicts in the late-twentieth century. This lecture includes a number of musical examples from World War I and beyond.