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Published on Oct 29, 2013
"The Scholars" a television interview series that explores contemporary scholarship. We hope to engage and challenge your thinking on broad range of topics. You will meet a diverse group of scholars who are investigating and thinking about our complex and changing world. My guest scholar is David C. Ward is an historian at the National Portrait Gallery where, in addition to the award winning "Hide/Seek. Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," he has curated exhibitions on Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln; his "Poetic Likeness. Portraits of Modern American Poets" opened in October 2012. He is now working on "Face Value. Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction," "Grant and Lee" and "In the Sweat of their Face: Portraits of American Working People." Ward is co-editor of "'Lines in Long Array' the Civil War, Poems and Photographs" (forthcoming), and The Atlantic Monthly's special issue on the Civil War. David is the author of Charles Willson Peale. Art and Selfhood in the Early Republic (2004), and he has published articles and essays in scholarly journals on topics in American history and culture ranging from the history of American museums to Hart Crane to Jasper Johns and Cold War culture. A small book of his poetry, Internal Difference, was published in 2011 with a larger collection forthcoming in 2014; his blog on poetry is published by Smithsonian Magazine. Ward has degrees from: University of Rochester (BA), University of Warwick (MA), and Yale (MA, MPhil). His hobbies are reading and writing.