World War I Centennial Symposium

Explore the art, culture and history of World War I as the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Oshkosh Public Museum commemorates the Great War’s centennial. A series of lectures will be held each afternoon, followed by a special presentation at 6 p.m. nightly. Throughout the symposium, the “For Home and Country” exhibition will be on display at the Museum and the life-sized WWI standees will be on the UWO campus in Reeve Union’s Steinhilber Gallery. Admission is free to attend these events.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

11:30 a.m.–2:50 p.m. – Reeve Union Theatre (Reeve 307), UW Oshkosh

Art from the Trenches: German Artists and World War I
Susan Maxwell, art history professor

From Enthusiasm to Condemnation: Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front and the Lost Generation
Monika Hohbein-Deegen, German professor

Panel Discussion: Unanticipated Consequences—Europe and World War I
Andrea Jakobs, history and religious studies lecturer
Karl Loewenstein, associate history professor
Michelle Mouton, associate history professor

Did the First World War Emancipate Women? European Women in the War and Thereafter
Michelle Mouton, associate history professor

6–7 p.m. – Oshkosh Public Museum

All the Hometown Boys: Connecting the Experience of War to Local Men
Brad Larson, Oshkosh Public Museum director
Rebecca Matzke, associate history professor at Ripon College

Wednesday, Oct. 3

11:30 a.m.–2:50 p.m. – Reeve Union Theatre (Reeve 307), UW Oshkosh

War and Memorials
Emmet Sandberg, assistant art professor

Close Ranks: African Americans and World War I
Michelle Kuhl, associate history professor

The Two Faces of Patriotism
Rick Pifer, Wisconsin Historical Society

1918 Flu in Oshkosh
Teri Shors, biology professor

6–7 p.m. – Reeve Union Theatre (Reeve 307), UW Oshkosh

Film: The Hello Girls, a Lincoln Penny Films Production

Thursday, Oct. 4

11:30 a.m.–2:50 p.m. – Reeve Union Theatre (Reeve 307), UW Oshkosh

WWI and Irish America
Tom Rowland, history lecturer

Americans Against WWI
Stephen Kercher, history professor

Sports Writers Cover the War
Scott Emmert, English professor

Posts from the Second Battlefield: Memoirs of WWI Nurses
Marguerite Helmers, English professor emerita

6–7 p.m. – Oshkosh Public Museum

American Music of WWI
Julia Chybowski, associate music professor
Oshkosh high school singers