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Remembering the Great War 100 Years After

Thu., Oct. 3, 2013 7:00 p.m.

“Remembering the Great War 100 Years After”
A public lecture by Jay Winter of Yale University
3 October 2013, 7:00 pm
Education Auditorium (EA 106), University of Regina main campus

To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, the Faculty of Arts at the University of Regina is sponsoring a series of lectures throughout 2014 on the topic 1914: A Turning Point in History and Culture. To launch this series of “Centenary Reflections,” Professor Jay Winter, the Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University, will deliver a keynote address. Professor Winter is a world-renowned expert on the history of the First World War and its impact on the twentieth century. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, including The Experience of World War I, Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History, 1914-1918, The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century and Remembering War: The Great War between History and Memory in the 20th Century. He is also the co-director of the project on Capital Cities at War: Paris, London, Berlin 1914-1919, which has so far produced a volume on the social and economic history of the war and another on its cultural history.  Professor Winter was one of the founders of the Historial de la grande guerre, the international museum of the First World War at Péronne, in the French Department of the Somme. He is well known to television audiences as co-producer, co-writer and chief historian for the PBS television series, “The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century,” which was broadcast in 28 countries and received the Emmy Award for Best Documentary in 1997. In his studies of the cultural legacies of the First World War, Professor Winter has argued against the view that the war represented a revolutionary moment in cultural history. Instead, he says, the war was a counter-revolutionary moment as people turned to traditional beliefs, symbols and languages to express the universal sense of loss and bereavement that resulted from war-time death on an unprecedented scale. 

Look for future announcements of the lecture series, 1914: A Turning Point in History and Culture: Centenary Reflections at the University of Regina.

For further information, please contact:  Ian Germani, Department of History, University of Regina (ian.germani@uregina.ca; 306-585-4213) or visit the event website.