Sarajevo, June 28, 1914.
The shots that killed Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were destined to echo well past that event—a precursor to what would quickly become the first of the world wars that defined the 20th century.

World War I: 100 Years Later

World War I is called the Great War because it is the first modern European conflict that saw the intervention of countries that were geographically removed from the continent, such as Australia, Canada, and the United States. This war was expected to end all wars and solve all conflicts among the most powerful countries of the time. And while World War I changed the world’s perspective on international affairs, it set in motion a series of events that continue to shape global politics today.

IU World War I Events

To commemorate and explore the impact, importance, and legacy of World War I, Indiana University is hosting a series of events on the IU Bloomington campus during the 2014–15 academic year that include talks, seminars, a special exhibition at the IU Art Museum, and a film series at the IU Cinema. The signature event is a roundtable discussion on November 4, 2014, featuring diplomats and experts from the countries involved in the conflict. That evening, the IU Jacobs School of Music is hosting a concert performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.

Renowned, Oscar-nominated film director Peter Weir will visit IU in March to give a public talk about Gallipoli, his WWI-inspired film, which will be shown at the IU Cinema. In April, IU President Michael A. McRobbie will give a lecture titled “Australian Intervention in the Great War: The Definition of a Nation.” 

See the IU World War I schedule of events

Watch videos about the IU centennial commemorations.


Please contact the IU World War I centennial coordinator, Professor Andrea Ciccarelli, at aciccare@indiana.edu.

IU World War I Classes and Legacy Fellows

Indiana University faculty are offering special classes on topics germain to the legacy of World War I during the 2014–15 academic year. In addition, two IU faculty members were awarded IU World War I Legacy Fellowships for 2013–14.