Dada and Constructivism: World War I and Radical Modernism
IU Art Museum
This exhibition showcases the art world’s transformation in the wake of World War I.
Many Russian artists sought orderly, rational responses to the chaos of the war. Their work came to be known as Constructivism and was characterized by clean lines, geometric structure, and an absence of violent imagery. Many artists on the Continent, particularly in Germany, rejected traditional aesthetic values and espoused antiwar philosophies. These artists formed the Dada movement and experimented with new materials and techniques, often relying on shocking imagery to convey their political messages. This exhibit is free and open to the public during regular museum hours.
In Their Own Words: Native Americans in World War I
Runs through February 15
Through photographs and veterans' personal stories, this exhibition illustrates the experiences of Native Americans involved in World War I.
In Their Own Words: Native Americans in World War I features a sampling from the Mathers Museum Wanamaker Collection of Native American Photographs. Photographer Joseph Dixon undertook a vast study of Native American participation in the war between 1908 and 1923, taking hundreds of photographs of veterans in 1919 and 1920. Dixon interviewed these men and their officers, and sent out thousands of survey forms to gather individual accounts of war experiences. In 1921, he traveled to Europe to observe firsthand and photograph the sites where Native American soldiers fought. The exhibit is open to the public during regular museum hours.
WWI War Bond PostersMass-produced color posters were seen as one of the most effective means to encourage enlistment during World War I—as well as one of the best ways to raise capital for the war effort and to solidify public opinion against the enemy. This installation features posters with stylistic approaches that elicit different emotional responses.
IU Art Museum
February 3, 2015
The First World War in Transnational PerspectiveJay Winter, the Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University, is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century.
A Lecture by Jay Winter
Presidents Hall, Franklin Hall
Winter earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He is the co-producer and co-writer of the Emmy Award–winning PBS documentary The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (1996). Among his many well-known books are Socialism and the Challenge of War, Ideas, and Politics in Britain, 1912–18 (1974), The Great War and the British People (1985), The Experience of World War I (1988), Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (1995), Penser la Grande Guerre (2004), Remembering War: The Great War between History and Memory in the 20th Century (2006), and Dreams of Peace and Freedom: Utopian Moments in the 20th Century (2006).
February 12, 2015
A Very Long Engagement
The acclaimed film A Very Long Engagement (2004) is presented in conjunction with the IU commemoration of the Great War. The film depicts a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War I.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is an award-winning director and writer of several films, including Delicatessen (1991), The City of Lost Children (1995) and Amélie (2001)—which won the European Film Award for Best Director and was nominated for Academy Awards for screenwriting and direction.
February 19, 2015
If You Are in Favor of the Kaiser, Keep It to Yourself
Presidents Hall, Franklin Hall
Michael Neiberg, professor of history in the Department of National Security and Strategy for the U.S. Army War College, will deliver a lecture, “If You Are in Favor of the Kaiser, Keep It to Yourself: U.S. Responses to the War from 1914 to American Entry in 1917.”
Neiberg earned his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. He is one of the most respected historians on the two world wars. He is editor of The Great War Reader (2006) and the author of Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of War in 1914 (2011), The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944 (2012), The Western Front, 1914–1916 (2008), and The Eastern Front, 1914–1920 (2008).
March 4, 2015
Director Peter Weir Presents Gallipoli
A Talk, Film Screening, and Q&A
Oscar-nominated director Peter Weir will present his film Gallipoli (1981)—the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) winner for best direction—as part of the IU WWI commemorative events. The film tells the story of two Australian sprinters who face the hard realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.
Weir will talk about his WWI-inspired film before the screening. Audience members can participate in a question-and-answer session with Weir following the film.
Weir has directed many critically and commercially successful films, which include Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Witness (1985, nominated for the Best Director Oscar), Dead Poets Society (1989, winner of David di Donatello and BAFTA film awards), The Truman Show (1998, Best Non-European film, European Film Awards), Master and Commander (2003, nominated for Best Director and Best Picture Oscars), and The Way Back (2010).
March 26, 2015
World War I Revisited
Presidents Hall, Franklin Hall
Joanna Bourke (pictured), professor in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London (UK), and Susan Grayzel, professor in the Department of History at the University of Mississippi, will each present a lecture.
Joanna Bourke will speak on the theme: “Designed to Kill: Combat During the First World War.” Bourke earned her Ph.D. at National Australian University. She is a fellow of the British Academy and a leading expert on the representation and evolution of fear and pain in modern society. She is the author of An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-Face Killing in Twentieth Century Warfare (1999) and many other books, including The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers (2014), Rape: A History from 1860s to the Present (2007), Fear: A Cultural History (2005), and The Second World War: A People History (2001).
Susan Grayzel will speak on the theme: “Did Women Have a Great War? Reflections on Gender, Culture, and History.” Grayzel earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Women’s identities at War: Gender, Motherhood, and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War (1999), Women in the First World War (2002), At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz (2012), and The First World War: A Brief History of Documents (2013). Grayzel studies the cultural meanings of chemical warfare and the efforts to protect civilian bodies in Europe, particularly through the invention of the gas mask.
April 2, 2015
Crowd-funding, Grassroots Democracy, and American Volunteerism: Development of the National World War I Museum and Memorial
State Room East, Indiana Memorial Union
Matthew C. Naylor, president and CEO of the National World War I Museum, will talk about the development of the museum and memorial as an example of grassroots democracy. A reception will follow the lecture in State Room West.
Naylor, a native of Australia, became president and CEO of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., in 2013. He previously served as director of advancement for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Naylor earned his Ph.D. in health sciences from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. The National WWI Museum is the only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history, and personal experiences of a war whose impact still echoes today.
April 15, 2015
The Centenary of the First World War: Commemoration or Celebration?
O'Meara Lecture Series
Alumni Hall, Indiana Memorial Union
Sir Hew Strachan, professor of international relations at the University of St Andrews, will deliver this year's annual Indiana University Patrick O'Meara International Lecture. Sir Strachan is a distinguished military historian and an authority on the First World War. A reception will follow in the IMU Solarium.
Sir Hew Strachan was Chichele Professor of the History of War and a fellow of All Souls College at the University of Oxford before joining the faculty at the University of St Andrews in 2015. He was director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War between 2003 and 2012. He serves on the Strategic Advisory Panel of the Chief of the Defence Staff and on the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board. He is a trustee of the Imperial War Museum, a commonwealth war graves commissioner—and a member of both the National Committee for the Centenary of the First World War, and the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is a fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2003; and was awarded an Hon. D. Univ. by the University of Paisley in 2005. In 2010, he chaired a task force on the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant for the prime minister. He was the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in War Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2011 and was appointed specialist adviser to the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. Sir Strachan is a brigadier in the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers). In December 2012, Foreign Policy magazine included him in its list of top global thinkers. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year's Honours, and was appointed lord lieutenant of Tweeddale in 2014.
The Patrick O'Meara International Lecture brings distinguished speakers to IU Bloomington to present critical topics in international affairs. The lecture is free and open to the public.
April 24, 2015
Australian Intervention in the Great War: The Definition of a Nation
Solarium, Indiana Memorial Union
IU President Michael A. McRobbie will present a lecture and a question-and-answer session about Australia’s role in the Great War. A reception will follow at 2 p.m. An honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, McRobbie became the 18th president of Indiana University in 2007. Read President McRobbie's bio.