Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Event Organizer: University of Kansas (Page 1 of 2)

Activity. WWI Poetry Reading

WWI Poetry Reading

Wednesday, October 8, 4:00 pm, Central Court, Spencer Museum of Art

Join visiting artist and Marine veteran Folleh Tamba and KU students as they read poems written during WWI that have inspired Tamba’s art. His exhibition, “A Grunt’s War Diary,” on view at Kansas State University this October, “is a work with immense emotive energy that will educate and create true empathy for the men and women who have fought on all sides in all wars.” more

Activity. Veterans Day

Veterans Day:

vigil at the KU war memorials (Korea, WWII, Vietnam). We will discuss expanding the vigil to include one of the WWI memorials (Union, Stadium, Memorial Drive) 2017 and 2018.

Film. The White Ribbon (2009) World War I Film Series.

World War I Film Series

University Honors Program and Peace & Conflict Studies in the Humanities & Western Civilization Program
Featuring: The White Ribbon (2009)
Tuesday, April 22, 5:30 pm
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium
A panel discussion followed the film: Marike Janzen, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies Program; Ari S. Linden, Visiting Assistant Professor, Germanic Languages & Literatures; Lon Strauss, Lecturer, History
Additional co-sponsors: European Studies Program, Department of German Languages & Literatures. more

Lecture. “All for You, Franz? From the Assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Total War” w/ Nathan Wood

Mini College 2014

“All for You, Franz? From the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Total War”

Nathan Wood

June 4, 10:30 – 11:45, The Commons

On June 28, 1914, the heir to the Habsburg throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie were murdered in Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist. However gruesome this event may have been, it was not unique. The king and queen of Serbia and the king of Italy had been murdered about a decade before, and the prime ministers of Bulgaria and Russia had been assassinated even more recently. Why, then, did this assassination trigger war, and how did this war come to merit a new concept, that of “total war”? Drawing upon historical research, newspaper reports and images, and artwork from the Spencer Museum of Art, this lecture will grapple with these difficult questions. more

Panel Discussion. Media and Military; A Tentative Alliance.

Panel Discussion:  Media and Military; A Tentative Alliance.

October 12, 4:00 pm, Watkins Museum (still tentative location)

Panelists include cast members of BASETRACK; Barbara Bennett, Associate Dean of KU’s School of Journalism; and moderator Mike Denning, Director, KU Office of Graduate Military Programs. A reception for the BASETRACK cast will follow at the VFW. more

Performance. University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Roman

University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Roman

September 30, 7:30 pm, Lied Center of Kansas

The KUSO, with guest cellist Joshua Roman, will perform Edward Elgar’s iconic cello concerto, written in response to WW I. Deeply depressed by the Great War’s destruction of the world he had known, Elgar composed the work during summer 1919 at his s cottage in Sussex, England, where during previous years he had heard the sound of artillery across the Channel in France. more

Exhibit. Local Veterans Art

Local Veterans Art Exhibit


Sept. 28-Oct. 16, Lied Center of Kansas

The Lied Center of Kansas is hosting a Veteran’s Art Exhibit in connection with the performance of BASETRACK on October 15, 2014. This exhibit will display local Veteran artists’ work throughout the building.

This program is part of the University of Kansas Centennial Commemoration of World War I, coordinated by the European Studies Program. more

Performance. The Elgar Concerto Within the Context of WWI

The Elgar Concerto Within the Context of WWI


Friday, September 26, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Lied Center Seymour Gallery

Sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Join these speakers for a pre-performance conversation and learn more about the Elgar cello concerto within the context of WWI, the recently acquired WWI collection at the Spencer Museum and KU’s WWI Commemoration. more

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