Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Event Organizer: KU European Studies Program

PBS Screening of “The Great War” at KU

Premiere: PBS Documentary The Great War
The Minority Experience

Wednesday, April 5, 7:00-8:30 pm | The Commons, Spooner Hall

Join us for a sneak peek of this PBS documentary’s exploration of race and ethnicity during WWI. The 40-minute film, excerpts from The Great War, a 6-hour PBS series airing April 10-12, documents the minority experience, particularly that of African-American soldiers and Native-American code talkers, whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. The film will be followed by an interdisciplinary panel discussion moderated by Clarence Lang, Professor and Chair, Dept. of African & African-American Studies. Panelists include: Michael D. Tosee, PhD, History; and Jancita Warrington, Director, Haskell Cultural Center and Museum ...read more

LECTURE. “A MINOR APOCALYPSE” W/ ROBERT BLOBAUM. EVERYDAY LIVES ON THE EASTERN FRONT: KU WWI LECTURE SERIES AY 2015/16

 

A MINOR APOCALYPSE: EVERYDAY LIFE IN WARSAW DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR

ROBERT BLOBAUM, EBERLY PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 7:00PM | UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, KU MEMORIAL UNION, ALDERSON AUDITORIUM

The vast majority of Warsaw’s Polish and Jewish residents experienced an existential crisis caused by the collapse of the local economy and the military requisitioning of basic resources, first by the Russians and then on a much larger scale by the Germans. Nearly universal shortages of growing severity and their impacts on public health and inter-communal relations–to which the fall of empires have been attributed—will be compared to shortages documented for cities such as Berlin and Vienna, thus situating Warsaw’s wartime experience within a larger European context. ...read more

LECTURE. “THE RUSSIAN ARMY IN THE GREAT WAR” W/ DAVID STONE. EVERYDAY LIVES ON THE EASTERN FRONT: KU WWI LECTURE SERIES AY 2015/16

THE RUSSIAN ARMY IN THE GREAT WAR: THE EASTERN FRONT, 1914-1917

DAVID STONE, PROFESSOR, STRATEGY AND POLICY, U.S. NAVAL WAR COLLEGE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 7:00PM | UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, HALL CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES

The Russian Army’s experience of World War I on the Eastern Front has long been overshadowed, both by the much better known war in the trenches on the Western Front, and by the subsequent development of a new Soviet Army. Understanding how the Russian Army fought in World War I not only provides us with new and valuable perspective on the First World War, but also gives us a much better sense of how and why the war shaped the Soviet Army and the new Soviet state. ...read more

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