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Through the Lens of the Endgame
by Jeffrey Rubinoff


Chromophilia: Der Blaue Reiter, Walter Benjamin and the Emancipation of Color
by Dr. Martin Jay


Reconfiguring the sacred: Artists, scientists and spiritualism before 1914
by Dr. Jay Winter


Scientists and artists between war and peace: the Blaue Reiter moment
by Dr. Jay Winter


'A language for humanity?' The Blaue Reiter, and the failed search for universality
by Dr. Annette Becker


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Rubinoff received his B.A. and M.F.A. in the nineteen sixties. In 1969 he returned to Canada. His one man shows included The Helen Mazelow Gallery, The Ontario Science Center, The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, Queen's Park Toronto, York University, and Two Sculptors New York. ...more on Rubinoff

Jay M. Winter, the Charles J. Stille Professor of History, is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century. His interests include remembrance of war in the 20th century, such as memorial and mourning sites, European population decline, the causes and institutions of war, British popular culture in the era of the Great War and the Armenian genocide of 1915. ...more on Winter

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Annette Becker is professor of history at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre La defense, and senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She specializes in the study of the First World War and its cultural representations. ...more on Becker

Martin Jay is the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a renowned intellectual historian and his research interests have been groundbreaking in connecting history with other academic and intellectual activities, such as the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, other figures and methods in continental Social Theory, Cultural Criticism, and Historiography among many others. ...more on Jay