UALR history professor Vincent Vinikas will present “Marketing War” as part of the Evenings with History series at 7:30 p.m. on February 2, at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. 3rd Street in Little Rock.
During World War II, civilian populations were required to be willing to sacrifice for the aims of the state, enlist in the vast conscript armies required to wage global war, and surrender many of the luxuries and freedoms that existed in peacetime society. This was accomplished by governments which used propaganda to cement the loyalty of their citizens.
Posters were a major instrument in such efforts, and this talk examines wartime posters, showing the symbols and ideas used to convince citizens that they were engaged in something worth killing and dying for.
The Evenings with History series is sponsored by the University History Institute, which is a nonprofit organization of private citizens interested in history and supporting UALR.
An individual can subscribe to the series for $50 annually, which includes admission to all six lectures. A joint subscription to the series, at $90 annually, offers savings of $10 to couples and friends.
At $250 annually, a Fellow of the Institute receives the previous benefits, plus an invitation to special presentations for fellows exclusively, including private evenings with noted authors. The institute also offers a life membership at $1,000 that can be paid in installments. Subscriptions and donations to the institute are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Subscribers to the series help support historical research. Presenters donate their time, and the University History Institute uses all proceeds from the series to encourage research at UALR. In recent years, annual institute grants, made possible by the Evenings with History series, have made major purchases of historical research materials for UALR.
For more information, contact the UALR History Department at 501-569-3235.