Wartime Activism, Dissent, and Transformation Focus of GCU’s World War I Conference

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 8, 2014—“The First World War was a watershed event in modern world history and arguably the most significant event of the 20th century,” asserts Scott Bennett, Ph.D., professor of history at Georgian Court University, regarding GCU’s World War I conference, which will be held on October 17–18, 2014. The two-day event is co-sponsored by the Peace History Society.

Scholars, Authors and History Experts Examine Varying Perspectives on World War I

GCU’s World War I conference, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of the war, includes keynote addresses by esteemed authors Adam Hochschild and Harriet Hyman Alonso, as well as presentations by more than 50 leading U.S. and international scholars who will explore the conference themes of wartime dissent, activism, and transformation.

Georgian Court University’s World War I Conference marks a great opportunity for all who possess an interest in the First World War, modern history, and social activism.

“This will be an exciting and top-notch scholarly conference,” says Dr. Bennett, who notes that several GCU professors will be presenting their own research and chairing sessions.

During the Friday evening banquet on October 17 at 7:00 p.m., keynote speaker Adam Hochschild will speak on “The War within the War: An Unknown Story of World War I.”

Read Mr. Hoschchild’s July 2014 NYT op-ed, “Why World War I Was Such A Blood Bath”

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Adam Hochschild

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Harriet Alonso

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lecturer at the University of California–Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and co-founder of Mother Jones magazine, Mr. Hochschild has written extensively concerning global issues of human rights and social justice. His published works, including To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion (2011), have earned international awards and recognition, as well as an American Academy of Arts and Letters fellowship.

On Saturday, October 18 at 12:00 p.m., Harriet Hyman Alonso will speak on “Building a Feminist-Pacifist Peace Movement: The Early Years.” An award-winning author and professor of history at the City University of New York, Ms. Hyman Alonso’s publications address a range of subjects including abolition, women’s rights, and, in her latest work Yip Harburg: Legendary Lyricist and Human Rights Activist (2012), socially conscious creative personalities.

Panel discussions throughout the conference will address such topics as: American Jewish and Protestant Responses to World War I; African Americans at Home and Overseas in World War I; Female Writers/Poets and World War I; and World War I Dissent in Images, Cartoons, and Media.

Presenters include professors and other scholars from institutions throughout the United States, as well as international scholars from France, Israel, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, and Canada. For a complete listing of all panel discussions and presenters, please visit http://www.georgian.edu/uploadedFiles/WWI-Program.pdf .

Story contributed by Gary Shelheimer, GCU Math Major


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About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and an historic, special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves more than 2,200 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. The main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also serves students at New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 8, 2014—“The First World War was a watershed event in modern world history and arguably the most significant event of the 20th century,” asserts Scott Bennett, Ph.D., professor of history at Georgian Court University, regarding GCU’s World War I conference, which will be held on October 17–18, 2014. The two-day event is co-sponsored by the Peace History Society.

Scholars, Authors and History Experts Examine Varying Perspectives on World War I

GCU’s World War I conference, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of the war, includes keynote addresses by esteemed authors Adam Hochschild and Harriet Hyman Alonso, as well as presentations by more than 50 leading U.S. and international scholars who will explore the conference themes of wartime dissent, activism, and transformation.

Georgian Court University’s World War I Conference marks a great opportunity for all who possess an interest in the First World War, modern history, and social activism.

“This will be an exciting and top-notch scholarly conference,” says Dr. Bennett, who notes that several GCU professors will be presenting their own research and chairing sessions.

During the Friday evening banquet on October 17 at 7:00 p.m., keynote speaker Adam Hochschild will speak on “The War within the War: An Unknown Story of World War I.”

Read Mr. Hoschchild’s July 2014 NYT op-ed, “Why World War I Was Such A Blood Bath”

hochschild

Adam Hochschild

Alonso1

Harriet Alonso

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lecturer at the University of California–Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and co-founder of Mother Jones magazine, Mr. Hochschild has written extensively concerning global issues of human rights and social justice. His published works, including To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion (2011), have earned international awards and recognition, as well as an American Academy of Arts and Letters fellowship.

On Saturday, October 18 at 12:00 p.m., Harriet Hyman Alonso will speak on “Building a Feminist-Pacifist Peace Movement: The Early Years.” An award-winning author and professor of history at the City University of New York, Ms. Hyman Alonso’s publications address a range of subjects including abolition, women’s rights, and, in her latest work Yip Harburg: Legendary Lyricist and Human Rights Activist (2012), socially conscious creative personalities.

Panel discussions throughout the conference will address such topics as: American Jewish and Protestant Responses to World War I; African Americans at Home and Overseas in World War I; Female Writers/Poets and World War I; and World War I Dissent in Images, Cartoons, and Media.

Presenters include professors and other scholars from institutions throughout the United States, as well as international scholars from France, Israel, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, and Canada. For a complete listing of all panel discussions and presenters, please visit http://www.georgian.edu/uploadedFiles/WWI-Program.pdf .

Story contributed by Gary Shelheimer, GCU Math Major


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About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and an historic, special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves more than 2,200 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. The main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also serves students at New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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