Faculty note: Kain spends winter break doing fieldwork at Stanford
During the winter break, Kevin Kain (senior lecturer, Humanities and History) conducted two weeks of fieldwork at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, funded by an internationally competitive “Hoover Institution Libraries and Archives Scholar Research Support Grant.” Kain’s project, “Visualizing Propaganda Posters in Context: The Formulation, Display, and Reception of Soviet Anti-religious Exhibits in the 1920s and 1930s,” involved research in the Hoover Archive and art vault and the digitization of over 500 propagandistic images and photographs. The collected materials will serve as the basis of a scholarly article and a digital heritage project (with UW-Green Bay technologist Luke Konkol). Founded by Herbert Hoover in 1919, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives are dedicated to documenting war, revolution and peace in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Institution’s collections of early twentieth century visual propaganda are among the largest in the world.