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Yavapai College World War I Symposium

Australian infantry at Ypres -

Australian infantry at Ypres

Sedona AZ (October 1, 2014) – In recognition of Veterans Day 2014, the public is invited to attend Yavapai College‚Äôs “The First World War Symposium: A Series of Interdisciplinary Lectures Presented by the Faculty of Yavapai College.” The lecture series runs November 6 through 8, 2014, at both the Prescott and Clarkdale campuses. These are free events.

The YC symposium commemorates 100 years since the start of World War I in 1914. Four years later, a cease-fire was enacted on November 11, 1918, at 11:00 in the morning. The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first anniversary of November 11 a celebration of this armistice as a day to reflect upon the service of those who sacrificed for their country during the first World War.

Ottoman machine gun corps at Gaza

Ottoman machine gun corps at Gaza

“Programs like this, especially ones as well done as our Symposia, bring the opportunity for engagement with important topics to our community,” said Yavapai College Vice President for Instruction and Student Services Dr. Stuart Blacklaw. “It brings people together and deepens our shared understanding of our community and the college that serves it.”

In addition to educational lectures and presentations from Yavapai College professors, The First World War Symposium will feature screenings of the films All Quiet on the Western Front and Johnny Got His Gun, as well as a Master Chorale performance directed by Dennis Houser.

Dr. Amy Stein, faculty member of the Arts and Humanities Division at Yavapai College, is the coordinator of the event and one of its lecturers. “Our interdisciplinary symposium program is yet another activity through which Yavapai College acts as a cultural resource for our community,” she said. “The lecture series provides the opportunity to promote the intellectual resources and scholarship of our faculty.”

Lecture topics include Causes, Course, and Consequences, Gas Warfare in World War I and The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919. For a complete schedule, including descriptions of the lectures and biographies of the presenters, go to www.yc.edu/wwi.

Presentations and film screenings take place in Yavapai College Building 19, Room 147 of the Prescott campus (1100 E. Sheldon Street), and Building M, Room 137 of the Clarkdale campus (601 Black Hills Drive). Attendance is free and all well-behaved ages are welcome.

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  1. History needs to be taught well and in context. It takes intelligence to teach history without present day biases and political correctness. Did you know that this war decimated the French population almost more than any other country, and may explain why its government capitulated to the Germans rather than risk millions more dying at their hands a generation later in WWII? Did you know this war was started after a man and his pregnant wife were murdered on the streets of Sarajevo? WWI was to end all wars, said the politicians after millions died, but look what has happened. No war ends war, but no peace is held without its threat. Want to learn more about WWI? Google it or better yet, read books.

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