Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Event Organizer: KU Office of First Year Experience

LECTURE. ““Yes,” I lied. “I love you”: The Confessions of Frederic Henry” w/ Jim Carothers

“’Yes,’” I lied. ‘I love you’”: The Confessions of Frederic Henry

Wednesday, September 9, 5:00-7:00 pm
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium & Kansas Room

Professor Jim Carothers, Professor of English, KU and noted Hemingway scholar, will present a lecture. A reception will immediately follow in the Kansas Room. This lecture is part of the KU 2015 Common Book Event Series organized by the Office of First Year Experience, in collaboration with KU WWI Centennial Commemoration activities coordinated by the European Studies Program. more

Film. A Farewell To Arms (1932). KU Common Book 2015 EVENT SERIES

Film Screening. A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Tuesday, September 29, 6:00 pm, Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

Romance drama starring Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, and Adolphe Menjou. A screen adaptation of Hemingway’s novel, the film is about a romantic love affair between an American ambulance driver and an English nurse in Italy during World War I. The film received Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Art Direction. more

Lecture. “Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era” W/ CHAD WILLIAMS. KU COMMON BOOK 2015 EVENT SERIES

Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era


Tuesday, November 10, 2015
7 p.m. | University of Kansas, The Commons (Spooner Hall)

“For the 380,000 African American soldiers who fought in World War I, Woodrow Wilson’s charge to make the world ‘safe for democracy’ carried life-or-death meaning. Chad L. Williams reveals the central role of African American soldiers in the global conflict and how they, along with race activists and ordinary citizens, committed to fighting for democracy at home and beyond. Using a diverse range of sources, Torchbearers of Democracy reclaims the legacy of African American soldiers and veterans and connects their history to issues such as the obligations of citizenship, combat, and labor, diaspora and internationalism, homecoming and racial violence, ‘New Negro’ militancy, and African American memories of the war.” (from the University of North Carolina Press) more

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