Arthur Szyk’s “Freedom from Fear,” 1942, and “Self-Portrait,” 1936.

WESTPORT — A lecture about a Polish-Jewish artist, whose work foreshadowed the horrors of World War II, will take place May 21 at the Westport Woman’s Club.

The program, focusing on Arthur Szyk, is set for 10 a.m. Sunday, May 21, at the club, 44 Imperial Ave. Co-sponsored by the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism and the Westport Woman’s Club, program registration and a light breakfast will take place at 9:30 a.m.

The lecture, fully titled, “Arthur Szyk’s ‘The New Order’ (1941): How the Cartoons of a Polish Jew Helped Prepare the U.S. for War,” will be presented by Deborah Varat, professor of art history at Southern New Hampshire University. Varat’s research focuses on popular press imagery related to the experience of American Jews.

Szyk’s political cartoons helped generate support for U.S. entry into WWII, program organizers said. The dangers posed by war in Europe were highlighted in “The New Order,” a book of Szyk’s work published in 1941, which “helped Americans visualize and personalize the evil against which they ultimately had to fight,” according to a publicity release.