Programming for 2014-2015:

Legacies of the Great War: An Interdisciplinary Symposium at the War’s CentennialFirst World War.

The fall semester will see a major effort by the department to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.  Organized by Julius Ruff and Jim Marten, it will consist of a series of lectures and panel discussions featuring MU faculty members from a number of departments.  The project is supported by the Casper Lecture Fund, The Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.  The dates, times, and topics are as follows (look for details about the speakers and the locations of their lectures on the department website and Facebook page):

September 8, 2014, 4:00-5:30 PM

Public Lecture: “The Enduring Legacy of the Great War,” by Dr. Julius R. Ruff, History

 September 15, 2014, 4:00-5:00 PM

Casper Lecture: “The War After the War: Drawing Boundaries at the Paris Peace Conference,” by Dr. Leonard V. Smith, Oberlin College   

September 16, 2014, 9:30-10:45

Panel Discussion: “The Geo-Political Effects of the Great War”:

Moderator: Dr. Julius R. Ruff

Panelists:    Dr. H. Richard Friman, Political Science

                   Dr. Timothy McMahon, History

                   Dr. Phillip C. Naylor, History

                   Dr. Leonard V. Smith

October 1, 2014, 4:00-5:30

Public Lecture: “The Great War in Art” by Dr. Irene Guenther, University of Houston

October 2, 2014, 9:30-10:45

Panel Discussion: “The Cultural Impact of the Great War”

            Moderator: Dr. Julius R. Ruff

            Panelists:    Dr. Sarah Gendron, Foreign Languages and Literature

                               Dr. Irene Guenther

       Dr. Leah Flack, English

       Dr. Peter Staudenmaier, History

October 22, 2014, 4:00-5:30

Public Lecture: “Their Hearts Remained at Home: Marriage and the Great War in Britain, France, and Canada” by Dr. Martha Hanna, University of Colorado

October 23, 2014, 9:30-10:45

Panel Discussion: “Gender and The Great War”

            Moderator: Dr. Julius Ruff

            Panelists:    Dr. Kristen Foster, History

                               Dr. Martha Hanna

                               Dr. Carla Hay, History


November 18, 2014, 9:30-10:45

Panel Discussion: “Veterans of the Great War in Historic Context”

            Moderator: Dr. Julius Ruff

            Panelists:   Dr. John Boly, English

                               Ms Alissa Condon, History

                               Dr. William Lorber, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center




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