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War Movies and the Public

May 23, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

War Movies and the Public • May 23 • 5-6 PM (EST) via Zoom

Using the iconic 2002 film “We Were Soldiers” as a jumping-off point, this event will focus on how movies represent war to the civilian public. Two UNC PhD candidates who work on military history, Matthew Gibson and Cavender Sutton, will be sitting down together to discuss a set of critical questions: How do films about past wars shape public perceptions of contemporary conflicts? What typical narrative arcs do we see – or expect to see – in movies about war? And how can movies about war come to take on political meaning that the filmmakers may never have intended? Whether you’ve watched “We Were Soldiers” or not, please join us to learn both about this specific film and about the broader role of war movies in society.


This program is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. You can register here:


May 23, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm