November 4, 2014
An Unsolved Business: The Legacy of the Great War
A WWI Global Roundtable
Presidents Hall, Franklin Hall
Ambassadors and diplomats from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States are meeting at IU to discuss the cultural, geographical, and political heritage of the Great War as it relates to today's political affairs.
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will host this very special international roundtable.
- Philipp Ackermann, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Giorgio Aliberti, Counselor and Head of Political Affairs, Italian Embassy in the United States
- Kim Beazley, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Australia to the United States
- Stephen Bridges, British Consul General in Chicago
- Marc Calcoen, Ambassador and Consul General, Consulate General of Belgium in New York
- Vincent Floréani, Consul General of France in Chicago
- Lee Hamilton, Professor of Practice, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
- Richard Lugar, Professor of Practice, Indiana University School of Global and International Studies
- Hans Peter Manz, Ambassador of Austria to the United States
- Michael A. McRobbie, President, Indiana University
- Elena Poptodorova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United States
- Dejan Radulovic, Acting Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago
November 17, 2014
Reading by Author Geoff Dyer
Presidents Hall, Franklin Hall
Award-winning British writer Geoff Dyer will read from The Missing of the Somme, which untangles and reconstructs the network of myth and memory that illuminates understanding of, and relationship to, the Great War.
Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels, two collections of essays, and numerous other genre-defying works. His book The Missing of the Somme is part travelogue, and part meditation on remembrance. Through visits to battlefields and memorials, the book looks at how photographs, film, poetry, and prose determine views and memories of the war—sometimes in advance of the events described. Dyer’s book Otherwise Known as the Human Condition was awarded the 2011 National Book Critics Circle award for Criticism. Among other awards, he received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2006) and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Best Comic Novel (2009).
December 2, 2014
What Did the Great War Mean to Indians?
Lecture in State Room East, Reception in State Room West
Indiana Memorial Union
Professor of Practice Rajendra Abhyankar from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs will present a lecture about the significance of World War I for the Indian Army and its part in the battles at the Somme and Verdun alongside Europeans. A reception will follow.
Before coming to IU, Professor Abhyankar was the Indian secretary of external affairs. He has served as the Indian ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxemburg, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Syria, and Cyprus. Abhyankar has also served as the consul general of India in San Francisco.