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  • Prof. Julien Zarifian discusses the Armenian Genocide and America's responses to the event at the...
    Prof. Julien Zarifian, a Fulbright scholar from the University of Cergy-Pontoise (France), who is spending the year at the Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the University of Southern California, visited Angelo State University for the Great War Series. He spoke on the Armenian Genocide and America’s response to the event. He also visited several classes while on campus and also spoke to students in the Honors Program. His visit was made possible by the Outreach Lecture Fund as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Student Assistant Keely Shaw at an event to honor Vietnam Veterans on March 29, 2018.
    War Stories co-director Christine Lamberson and student assistant Keely Shaw attended an event honoring Vietnam veterans at Angelo State’s Alumni Center on March 29, 2018.
  • Prof. John Irish at the Great War Event on Mar. 26, 2018
    Prof. John Irish, Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts, spoke to a crowd of over 150 at the C. J. Davidson Center about the musical traditions of the Great War Era. Going through some of the popular musical trends of the period, Prof. Irish also noted the contributions of African-American musicians and the emergence of jazz.
  • Prof. Allison Robbins, Dept. of Music, University of Central Missouri, visited Angelo State as a ...
    Prof. Allison Robbins, Dept. of Music, University of Central Missouri, shared her research on female impersonation in Great War Era U.S. armed forces camps with an audience of over 150 in Cavness 100. Prof. Robbins showed clips and also provided some background on the culture of the period.
  • Preston Lewis
    In the first event in the Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series of the spring 2018 semester, Preston Lewis, an author for former director of the Angelo State University Office of Communications and Marketing, introduced the audience to the story of Daniel R. Edwards, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Lewis told more than just Edwards’s biography, however. He also discussed the difficulties of telling truth from fiction in writing about an individual who claims to have accomplished tasks that were impossible. The audience of nearly 170 learned a great deal about Mr. Edwards’s service but also about the job that an historian performs in studying the past.
  • Student actors and veteran commenters at the Veterans Roundtable on November 15, 2017.
    As part of the “World War I and America” initiative from the Library of America, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this event brought together students from the Department of Visual & Performing Arts to reenact the voices of the World War I generation. Local veterans provided commentary and discussed their own experiences in the armed forces. The event at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts drew an audience of over 140. The grant was co-directed by Profs. Lamberson and Wongsrichanalai.
  • Prof. Christopher Capozzola, MIT, lectured on the development of the draft and policing civilian ...
    Prof. Christopher Capozzola, associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, visited campus and spoke about how the federal government mobilized the American population for the Great War. Over 200 attendees from the student body and San Angelo community attended the event in the Angelo State University Auditorium on October 30, 2017.
  • Prof. Charles Endress (ret.) spoke to a packed audience at the C. J. Davidson Center on the eveni...
    Prof. Charles Endress (ret.) captivated an audience of over 350 in the C. J. Davidson Center on the evening of September 28, 2017. He discussed the evolution of aircraft and their use during the Great War. This is the first event in the Department of History’s 2017-18 Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Over 100 members of the student body and local community attended the final event in the Great Wa...
    Prof. Charles Grear (Central Texas College) & Alexander Mendoza (University of North Texas) closed out the History Department’s 2016-17 Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series on April 20 at the Fort Concho Commissary. Prof. Grear discussed the plight of ethnic Germans in Texas during the war and Prof. Mendoza discussed the challenges that Mexican Americans faced during that same conflict. Audience members also had the opportunity to view the “World War I and America” traveling exhibit.
  • The World War I traveling exhibit, part of the “World War I & America” grant co-directed by Profs. Lamberson & Wongsrichanalai, is on display at Fort Concho (Barracks 2). It is free and open to the public from April 1-24.
  • Almost 130 attendees came out for the "Voices of World War I & Veterans Roundtable
    Theatre students brought WWI voices to life and local veterans from the Vietnam and Iraq conflicts discussed whether the issues that Americans faced a century ago are still relevant in the late 20th and early 21st centuries in this Great War Series event. Almost 130 attendees turned out for the performances and panel discussion at the Stephens Central Library in downtown San Angelo on March 30, 2017.
  • Prof. Jay Antle (Johnson County Community College) discussed the development and uses of propagan...
    Great War Series examines propaganda posters presented by Prof. Jay Antle, Angelo State alumnus and professor at Johnson County Community College.
  • Former Prof. Harriet Lewis discusses the development of physical therapy as a result of the Great...
    First Spring 2017 Event in the Great War Series Discusses Developments in Two Fields
  • Prof. Jennifer Keene of Chapman University, one of the nation's leading World War I scholars, dis...
    Prof. Jennifer Keene of Chapman University, one of the nation’s leading World War I scholars, visited students in Prof. David Dewar’s constitutional history class before giving a lecture on the effects of the conflict on American life to a crowd of almost 200 attendees in the C. J. Davidson Center. This is the last event in the Great War Series for the fall 2016 semester. Prof. Keene discussed how the war led people to wear wristwatches, use certain words, organize for different causes, and develop policies that affected Americans of future 20th century generations.
  • Prof. Mark Hama of the Dept. of English and Modern Languages speaks to a student after his presen...
    Prof. Mark Hama of the Dept. of English & Modern Languages discussed how World War I affected British poetry. Beginning with a look at Georgian poetry, Prof. Hama then turned to the devastating conflict and introduced several important poets and their key works. The event attracted over 200 attendees from both the student body and San Angelo community.
  • Prof. Charles Endress speaks to audience members after his lecture for the Great War Series on Se...
    Prof. Charles Endress, former head of the Department of History and distinguished professor emeritus, opened the 2016-2017 Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series by discussing the experience of fighting on the Western Front. Over 200 students and San Angelo residents came out for the evening programming in the C. J. Davidson Center.
  • The Department of History’s War Stories Project, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-directed by Profs. Christine Lamberson and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, was featured on the front page of the Angelo State University website. The feature story link can be found here.
  • Profs. John OsterhoutRalph Zehnder, and Gregory Smith from the Department of Chemistry at Angelo State University spoke to an audience of over 250 on the topic of “Chemical Warfare in the Great War.” Prof. Osterhout provided historical background, Prof. Zehnder discussed scientist Fritz Haber, and Prof. Smith elaborated on the types of chemicals used in the conflict.
  • Seven local Latino-American veterans participated in a roundtable discussion about their experiences at Fort Concho on February 9, 2016. George MarquezDomingo LunaAmerica GarciaEugenio GarciaPrimo GonzalezTony Ramirez, and Joe Arzate shared their experiences of service with the audience of 60. Prof. John Klingemann also delivered some opening remarks and placed the service of these individuals in historical context.
  • Prof. David J. Silbey of Cornell University was the third guest in the Department of History's Gr...
    Prof. David J. Silbey, associate director of the Cornell in Washington Program and adjunct associate professor of history at Cornell University, visited with Angelo State history students before speaking to a 175-person audience as part of the “Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series.” Silbey discussed how cultural backgrounds influence soldiers’ experiences on the battlefield.
  • Christine Lamberson, assistant professor and co-director of the “War Stories” project, published a post on the History News Network site. She describes a disconnect between academic scholarship focused on foreign policy, a public focused on “supporting the troops,” and veterans’ needs. She advocates increasing involvement in veteran-focused public history projects in order to bridge the gap. Read the post here.