B Movies and Bad History: The Great War


July 30, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm

See the best (and worst) portrayals of The Great War shown on-screen and explore the meaning behind them.  

Program Details

Join experts for an exploration of American patriotism through film clips and conversation. We'll learn about Hollywood and its portrayal of World War I through the years of the 20th century. Film scholar and author Donna Kornhaber will join us for clips and conversation. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition WWI America on view at the Bullock Museum.  

Prior to the program from 6:00pm to 7:00pm enjoy a reception and self-guided tours of the exhibit WWI America


About the Presenters

Donna Kornhaber is Associate Professor in the English Department at the Universtiy of Texas at Austin. 

She is the author of four monographs: Charlie Chaplin, Director (Northwestern University Press, 2014; recipient of a 2015 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award from the University of Texas at Austin Co-Operative Society), Wes Anderson: A Collector’s Cinema (Contemporary Film Directors Series, University of Illinois Press, 2017), Nightmares in the Dream Sanctuary: War and the Animated Film (University of Chicago Press, 2019), and Silent Film: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions Series, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020).  Her articles have appeared in Cinema Journal, Film History, and Camera Obscura, among other journals and edited collections. 

In 2016, Dr. Kornhaber was named an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and she is researching a new book project entitled When Women Wrote Hollywood with the Academy’s support. 

She is also the series editor of the 21st Century Film Essentials book series, currently in development with The University of Texas Press.

Her work has been reviewed in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker, and her research has been profiled in The Hollywood ReporterTexas Monthly, and Austin Woman Magazine.  She has appeared as a contributor on the BBC and NPR and has served as a guest film programmer at the Austin Film Society and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.  

Dr. Kornhaber is the recipient of numerous teaching awards at the college, university, and UT-system levels, including the college-wide Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship and the Josefina Paredes Endowed Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts, the university-wide President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, and the state-wide University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor within the University of Texas system.

In 2019, Dr. Kornhaber was named a Fellow of the Eleanor Butt Crook Professorship in UT’s Plan II Honors Program and selected to design and teach the program’s inaugural “Crucible Course,” a specially-funded category of honors seminars focused on experiential learning.  

Dr. Kornhaber is an affiliated faculty member with the Department of American Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an M.F.A. and B.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. 


WWI America was produced by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the National Constitution Center, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

WWI America has been made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.