The history department will sponsor a series of public lectures during the fall of 2014 on “Legacies of the Great War: An Interdisciplinary Symposium at the War’s Centennial”

The year 2014 marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict known as “the Great War” to those who fought in it. In many ways the latter appellation is an apt one for a conflict described by the distinguished American diplomat, George F. Kennan, as “the seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century.” Indeed, the war and the imperfect peace settlement that ended it continue to shape our world. In Europe, the war  paved the way for a Communist revolution in Russia, the rise of fascist regimes in Italy and Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, a second world war, and ultimately a Cold War which, recent events in Ukraine suggest, did not completely end with the break-up of  the Soviet Union. The Middle East still continues to be shaken by conflicts whose roots historians trace back to the actions of European statesmen during the war and in the agreements ending the fighting. And, in Africa and Asia, the war in many regards paved the way for the eventual end of Western imperial control in these regions. In addition, the war shaped the cultural, political, and social assumptions of much of the world for decades after the fighting stopped.  Co-sponsors for the lectures include the Marquette University’s Law School, Gender and Sexuality Resources Center, and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

The lectures are listed below. 

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

Watch Dr. Ruff's lecture


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

Raynor Memorial Library, Beaumier Suites BC

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   

Alumni Memorial Union 227

Watch Dr. Smith's lecture below

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

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

Raynor Memorial Library, Beaumier Suites BC

Watch Dr. Guenther's lecture below

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

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

Eckstein Hall

Watch Dr. Hanna's lecture below

November 17, 2014, 4:00-5:00 PM

Public Lecture: "A Crowded Hour: Milwaukee During the Great War, 1917-1918." by Dr. Kevin Abing of the Milwaukee County Historical Society (and PhD alum from our department).

Raynor Memorial Library, Beaumier Suites BC

Watch Dr. Abing's lecture below







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