'Remembering the Great War: A Symposium on World War I' June 22 in Montgomery

Published: May 26, 2015
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"Remembering the Great War: A Symposium on World War I," will be held from 9 to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 22, at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. The public symposium is presented by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History and the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation.

Noted scholars will discuss the causes and consequences of the Great War, the experiences of the soldiers and communities who sent them, and the ways in which we have and continue to remember the War's significance.

Presenters include Lisa Budreau, senior curator of military history and material culture for the Tennessee State Museum; Allison Finkelstein, historian at the American Battle Monuments Commission; Nimrod Frazer, author of "Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division"; Jeff Jakeman, Auburn University professor of history; Sebastian Lukasik, assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Strategy at Air Command and Staff College; Marty Olliff, director of the Wiregrass Archives and associate professor of history at Troy University; Michel Rouger, directeur du Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux; Monique Brouillet Seefried, president of the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation and U.S. World War I Centennial Commissioner; Mark Sheftall, associate professor of war and society in the Department of History at Auburn University; Steven Trout, chair of the Department of English and director of the Center for the Study of War and Memory at the University of South Alabama; Ruth Truss, professor of history and chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Montevallo; and Mitch Yockelson, archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration.

This symposium is co-sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, National Cement Company and Michelin. It is presented in conjunction with the United States World War I Centennial Commission. Admission is free to the public but registration is required. To register and view a complete schedule of events, go to www.auburn.edu/greatwar. For additional information, contact Maiben Beard at (334) 844-4903.