• November 4, 2014

    IU Professor Lee Hamilton

    An Unsolved Business: The Legacy of the Great War
    A WWI Global Roundtable
    3 p.m.
    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.

    Participants include:

    • 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 11, 2014

    Indiana University Hutton Honors College

    IU Student Veterans Speak: The Experience of War
    3 p.m.
    Great Room, Hutton Honors College

    IU student veterans offer their experiences and perspectives on war and life in this roundtable discussion.

    Poet Giuseppe Ungaretti found his artistic voice during his service as an Italian soldier on the alpine front during World War I. When he penned such lines as “We are leaves on the autumn trees,” in “Soldiers” (“Soldati”) in 1916, he wrote from the perspective of a soldier in the trenches. During the centennial of the war that was supposed to "end all wars"—but instead triggered many other conflicts—IU recognizes the weight of war and how it may affect and change the perspectives of those who, willingly or unwillingly, play a role in it.

    Roundtable Student Veterans

    • Jeremy Tennent (IU Kelley School of Business)
    • James Bishop (IU Department of English)
    • Anthony Arnold (IU Maurer School of Law)
  • November 17, 2014

    Author Geoff Dyer

    Reading by Author Geoff Dyer
    5 p.m.
    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

    Professor of Practice Rajendra Abhyankar from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs

    What Did the Great War Mean to Indians?
    Lecture in State Room East, Reception in State Room West
    3 p.m.
    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.

  • February 3, 2015

    Author Geoff Dyer

    The First World War in Transnational Perspective
    A Lecture by Jay Winter
    5 p.m.
    Presidents Hall, Franklin Hall

    Jay 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.

    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 19, 2015

    Michael Neiberg

    If You Are in Favor of the Kaiser, Keep It to Yourself
    5 p.m.
    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 26, 2015

    Professor Joanna Bourke

    World War I Revisited
    4 p.m.
    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

    The National World War I Museum

    Crowd-funding, Grassroots Democracy, and American Volunteerism: Development of the National World War I Museum and Memorial
    4 p.m.
    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

    Sir Hew Strachen

    The Centenary of the First World War: Commemoration or Celebration?
    O'Meara Lecture Series
    4 p.m.
    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

    IU President Michael A. McRobbie

    Australian Intervention in the Great War: The Definition of a Nation
    1 p.m.
    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.