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The Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series, 2016-2017 Academic Year

Sponsored by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Department of History at Angelo State University presents the Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series. Highlighting the strength of Angelo State University’s faculty from various disciplines, the series also brings scholars from around the nation to share their research and scholarship with students and San Angelo residents.

For the 2017 calendar year, the department has also received a grant from the Library of America in collaboration with, among others, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the NEH. This nationwide initiative connects veterans, veterans’ family members, and the general public in an attempt to explore and examine the ongoing relevance of issues that the Great War generation faced.

For additional information, please contact the Department of History at 325-942-2324 or e-mail at

All events, unless otherwise noted, will be held at the C. J. Davidson Center in the Houston Harte University Center at Angelo State University (1910 Rosemont Drive). All events, unless otherwise noted, will begin at 7:00 P.M. and conclude by 8:30 P.M.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016: “The Sharp End: The Front Line Soldier on the Western Front in the Great War”: Prof. Charles Endress, Angelo State University (emeritus).
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016: “The War Poets: British Poetry & the Impact of the Great War”: Prof. Mark Hama, Department of English & Modern Languages, Angelo State University.
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016: “Wristwatches, Intelligence Tests, and Hemingway: The Cultural Impact of World War I on America”: Prof. Jennifer D. Keene, Chapman University. 
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017: “Chronicling & Healing Broken Bodies”: Profs. Tina Doyle (Dept. of Communications and Mass Media) and Harriet Lewis (Clinical Education, ret.)
  • Monday, March 6, 2017: “Can the Kaiser: Viewing World War One Through American Propaganda Posters”: Prof. Jay Antle, Johnson County Community College.
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017*: “World War I Voices & Veterans Roundtable”: Various community members and students from the Department of Visual & Performing Arts.
    • Note: Location: Sugg Community Room (Third Floor), Stephens Central Library (33 W. Beauregard Ave.)
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017*: “Texas’s Ethnic Minorities During World War I”: Profs. Charles Grear (Central Texas College) and Alexander Mendoza(University of North Texas)
    • Note: Location: Commissary, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark (630 S. Oakes St.)

* This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. 


The Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series, 2015-2016 Academic Year

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015: “Series & Project Introduction” & “Texans in the Great War: the 36th Infantry Division”: Profs. Christine Lamberson & Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, both assistant professors in the Department of History, will introduce their NEH-funded project and provide an introduction to the lecture series. Prof. John E. Klingemann, chair of the Department of History, will then discuss the role of the 36th Infantry Division in World War I.
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015: “Freedom of the Seas: German U-Boat Warfare, theLusitania, and America’s Entry into the Great War”: Former Angelo State University president and History Department professor Jim Hindman will discuss the role of diplomacy in the years before America’s involvement in the Great War.
  • Monday, November 16, 2015: “Fighting the Great War: Nations and Cultures in the Mud of Combat”: Prof. David Silbey, associate director of the Cornell in Washington Program, senior lecturer at Cornell University, and author of The British Working Class and Enthusiasm for War, 1914-1916 (Routledge, 2005), A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 (Hill and Wang, 2008), and The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China (Hill and Wang, 2013), will discuss how nations mobilized their citizenry for the global conflict.
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016: “Chemical Warfare in the Great War”: Profs. John Osterhout, Ralph Zehnder, and Gregory Smith, all from the Department of Chemistry at Angelo State University, will discuss the development and deployment of chemical weapons in the Great War.
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016: “Drafting for the World War and the World Series”: Prof. William Taylor, assistant professor in the Department of Security Studies at Angelo State University, and Prof. David Dewar, associate professor in the Department of History at Angelo State University, will discuss the draft and the role of baseball during the Great War Era.
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016: “In Sarajevo’s Shadow: World War I and the Lessons of History”: Prof. Adam R. Seipp, associate professor, director of graduate studies at Texas A&M University, and author ofStrangers in the Wild Place: Refugees, Americans, and a German Town, 1945-1952 (Indiana University Press, 2013) will discuss what we can learn from the outcome and legacy of the Great War.



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The Department of History has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to preserve the experiences of West Texas military veterans and their families from World War I to the present.

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