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Impact of World War I: Culture, Cinema, and Colonies

Continuing our exploration of the significance and meaning of the First World War, this seminar focuses specifically on the war’s enormous cultural influence.  We’ll move beyond the war’s military and diplomatic dimensions to examine how writers, artists, filmmakers, and colonized people both inside and outside of Europe responded to the disorienting upheavals of the Great War. How did the war provoke creative people to reinterpret intellectual traditions, develop new cinematic images, and challenge European colonialism? This seminar seeks to answer such questions by emphasizing that the Great War reshaped the modern creative arts as well as the modern European colonial systems.   Join our provocative “intellectual team” at the Program in the Humanities as Lloyd Kramer, Rachel Schaevitz, and Max Owre share their analytical perspectives on cultural legacies that still influence modern people and societies more than a century after the first American soldiers reached Europe in 1917.


The Great War and the Literary/Artistic Transitions to Modern Culture

Lloyd Kramer, Professor of History and Director, Program in the Humanities

Cinematic Portrayals of the Great War

Rachel Schaevitz, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Public Humanities, Program in the Humanities

Colonial Citizens, Subjects, and Soldiers in the Great War

Max Owre, Lecturer in History and Executive Director, Program in the Humanities

Why does the Great War Still Affect Cultures and Identities in 2017?

A panel discussion with our speakers

TIME & COST – Pre-Registration Required

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017. The tuition is $125 ($110 by May 24). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by May 24). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

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