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World War 100: A Centennial Symposium

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin Veteran's Museum, Wisconsin Historical Society, & Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM - Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 6:00 PM (CDT)

World War 100: A Centennial Symposium

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Reduced Fee
This reduced fee is for K-12 teachers, students, active duty military and veterans
Ended $100.00 $6.49
Registration (no lunch)
No lunch for the Saturday session, note that the Pyle Center does not permit carry in
Ended $115.00 $7.32
Friday: WIANG/Red Arrow evening (invitation only)
Friday night reception, round table, movie. Available for invited guests only
Ended $25.00 $2.37
Saturday AM session
Half day pass for Saturday morning: includes Saturday AM keynotes and Saturday AM panel. meals NOT included
Ended $40.00 $3.19
Saturday PM session
Half day pass for Saturday afternoon session; includes PM panels and keynote (reserve seating). Meal/reception NOT included.
Ended $40.00 $3.19

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Event Details

The Wisconsin World War I Centennial CommissionWisconsin Veterans MuseumWisconsin Historical Society, and War in Society and Culture Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host World War 100: A Centennial Symposium on October 27-28, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin.     

Guest Scholars:

  • Sir Hew StrachanProfessor of International Relations, University of St. Andrews
  • John CooperProfessor Emeritus of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • David McDonaldProfessor of History, University of Wisconsin,-Madison
  • Bruno Cabanes, Professor, Donald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History, The Ohio State University
  • Holly CaseAssociate Professor of History, Brown University
  • Jennifer Keene, Professor of History, Chapman University
  • Michael Neiberg, Chair in War Studies, U.S. Army War College


Friday, October 27, 2017
2:00-4:45 p.m. Visit the new WWI exhibit: "WWI Beyond the Trenches: Stories from the Front Exhibit" (Wisconsin Veterans Museum)   
5:00-6:00 p.m. Registration open & Reception (Overture Center for the Arts)
6:00-6:10 p.m. Introductory Remarks
6:10-7:45 p.m. Roundtable: "Woodrow Wilson in the World's Eyes" Featuring Sir Hew Strachan and Professors John Cooper, David McDonald
8:00-9:00 p.m. Film Preview: "Dawn of the Red Arrow"

Saturday, October 28, 2017
7:30-8:30 a.m.  Breakfast (Wisconsin Historical Society)
7:30-10:15 a.m. Registration open (Wisconsin Historical Society)
8:30-9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Bruno Cabanes, "Rights, not Charity. France, the Great War and the Rights of War Victims" (Wisconsin Historical Society)
9:45-10:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Holly Case, "The Great War in the Age of Questions" (Wisconsin Historical Society)
10:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Registration open (Pyle Center)

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel Sessions I (Pyle Center)

Cultural Mobilization in the United States

Location: 209

Chair: Mark Van Ells, Queensborough Community College, CUNY


Cameron J. Givens, Ohio State University

“Rumors, Fears, and the Internal Enemy in First World War America”

Joshua David Fulton, Moraine Valley Community College

“Experiencing Patriotism: Chicago, the Great War, and the Allied War Exposition.”

Marguerite H. Helmers, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

“The Allied War Exhibitions of 1918: Spectacles of Patriotism”

Shifting Gender Norms in Wartime

Location: 213

Chair: Lou Roberts, University of Wisconsin - Madison


Denis L. Alfin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 "Failure of Neutrality: The Militarization of Red Cross Nurses During World War I”

Scott T. Cardwell, University of Idaho

“’Seeing is Believing’: Contested Masculinities in Hollywood’s War Films, 1925-1941”

Julie M. Powell, Ohio State University

“’Independence and Security’: Gender, Prosthetics and International Reconstruction, 1916-1922”

Poland and the First World War

Location: 313

Chair: David Harrisville, University of Wisconsin - Madison


Winson Chu, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Bricolage Nationalisms: Poles, Germans, and Jews in Lodz during and after the

First World War”

Kathryn Ciancia, University of Wisconsin - Madison

“Between Empire and Nation-State: Poland’s “Wilsonian Moment” in an Occupied Eastern Borderland,1919-1920"

Jesse Kauffman, Eastern Michigan University

“Practicing Multinational Democracy: Occupied Warsaw in the First World War”

America Prepares for War

Location: 325

Chair: John Sharpless, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Tom Bruscino, Army War College

"Denting the Unpreparedness Myth:  How the U.S. Army Did Get Ready for World War I"

Brian F. Neumann, U.S. Army, Center for Military History

“The Impact of U.S. War Aims on Wartime Mobilization”

E. Kyle Romero, Vanderbilt University

“’The Whole History of the Human Race Contains No Such Horrible Episode as This’: The Role of the Armenian Genocide in Structuring the Politics of American Aid, 1915-1927”

Wisconsin’s Great War - I

Location: Pyle Auditorium

Chair: Matt Blessing, Wisconsin Historical Society


Richard L. Pifer, Wisconsin Historical Society (ret)

“Patriotism in the Traitor State”

Kevin Abing, Milwaukee Historical Society

“Milwaukee Goes to War”

Leslie Bellais, Wisconsin Historical Society

“Wisconsin’s Hyper-Patriots: Their Fears and Obsessions”

Conscription and Resistance

Location: 309

Chair: John Hall, University of Wisconsin - Madison


Victoria Bryant Stewart, Northern Illinois University

“’May It Please the Court’: Analysis of First Amendment Protection of Antiwar and Anti-Draft Protest During World War I and Its Lasting Legacy”

Brigit Farley, Washington State University, Tri-Cities

“Master of his Medium: E.B. Aldrich, the East Oregonian and the “World War” in Pendleton”

Mary K. Laurents, University of Maryland – Baltimore County

“Resistance Identity and the Shaping of the Memory of the First World War”

12:20-1:40 p.m.  Lunch & Keynote Speaker, (Pyle Center)
Keynote Speaker: Michael Neiberg, "America Responds to the War in Europe, 1914-1917"

1:45-2:50 p.m. Panel Sessions II (Pyle Center)

Colonial Soldiers in a Global War

Location: 209

Chair: Daniel Ussishkin, University of Wisconsin - Madison


Manas Dutta, Kazi Nazrul University

“Fighting For King and Another Country: Exploring the Indian Soldier’s Contribution in the Great War, 1914-1918”

Denis Edwin Showalter, Colorado College

“Bulwarks of Security: Colonial Soldiers in French and British Military Systems between World Wars”

Kathleen E. Alfin, University of Wisconsin – Madison

“Saplings of Neo-Colonialism: The Great War, Firestone, and the Dawn of the Rubber Industry in Liberia”

World War I and the Environment

Location: 309

Chair: Heather Perry, University of North Carolina - Charlotte


Tait Keller, Rhodes College

“A “Seminal Catastrophe” for Nature? The Environmental Legacies of the Great War

Graham Auman Pitts, North Carolina State University

“’As He who Gathers Wood in the Dark’: Grain Provisioning in Ottoman Syria during World War I”

Gerard J. Fitzgerald, George Mason University

“Harvest for War: Fruits, Nuts, the American Red Cross, and Gas Mask Manufacture in the United States during World War I”

Wisconsin’s Great War - II

Location: Pyle Auditorium

Chair: Helmut Knies, Wisconsin Historical Society (ret)


Peter L. Belmonte, Independent Scholar

“Calabrian-Americans in the US Military During World War I: A Case Study of Kenosha and Racine, Wisconsin”

Jana Weiss, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

“’German Enemies’: World War I and the U.S. Brewing Industry”

Brian Faltinson, Wisconsin Army National Guard

"The finest body of soldiers I've ever seen":  Wisconsin's communities build the 32nd ‘Red Arrow’ Division"

Enforcing Loyalty: World War I and Civil Liberties

(Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, UW-Madison)

Location: 313

Chair: John Sharpless, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Michael Telzrow, Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum

 “The Art of Persuasion: Mobilizing the Masses in World War One”

Ernest Freeberg, University of Tennessee

"Defending Dissent: The World War Amnesty Movement"

Thomas Healy, Seton Hall University School of Law

"Origins of the Modern First Amendment"

William Thomas, Trinity Catholic High School

"The Covert Campaign to Stifle Dissent"

A War of Firsts: Technology in WWI

Location: 325


Kevin Hampton, Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum

Steven l. Oreck, University of Wisconsin - Madison

WWI technology – display and talk

2:55-4:00 p.m. Panel Sessions III (Pyle Center)

The Great War’s Forgotten Front: the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire

Location: 313

Chair: Berke Torunoglu, University of Madison - Wisconsin


Armen Manuk-Khaloyan, California State University - Northridge

“’That Turkey Remain Unharmed by the Threatening Storm’: Imperial Visions and Ottoman to the Outbreak of the First World War”

James M. Tallon, Lewis University

“The Long World War I of the Ottoman Middle East, 1910-1922”

Helmut Knies, Wisconsin Historical Society (ret)

“Images From an Unknown Battlefront:  Eduard Frankl's Photographs of Ottoman Syria in 1914”

Medicine and Healing in the Great War

Location: 213

Chair: Rick Keller, University of Wisconsin - Madison


Steven L. Oreck, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Influenza 1918: The University of Wisconsin and Madison”

Rose Meza, Nassau Community College

“Between the Words and the Actions: Why So Few Great War Nursing Women Were Diagnosed with Shell Shock”

Heather Perry, University of North Carolina - Charlotte

 "Recycling the Disabled: Military, Medicine, and Modernity in the First World War"

Wisconsin’s Great War – III

Location: Pyle Auditorium

Chair: Kevin Hampton, Wisconsin Veterans Museum


Rebecca Berens Matzke, Ripon College

“The Pamphlet War in the Great War: British Propaganda to a Wisconsin Audience”

Amy Fels, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

“Oshkosh on the Home Front: Activities and Attitudes During World WarI”

Jennifer Madeline Zoebelein, Kansas State University

“’Into That Brutal Blast’: The American War Experience as seen in the Poetry of Byron Comstock”

The War’s Contested Legacies

Location: 209

Chair: Russ Horton, Wisconsin Veterans Museum


Ugo Pavan Dalla Torre, G. Marconi High School

“A Particular Legacy: Assistance and Welfare Policies for Disabled Ex Servicemen in Italy and in Europe as a consequences of the Great War (1917-1923)”

Roberta Pergher, Indiana University

“First Impressions and “Last Stands” – Wartime Experience and Postwar Memorialization of the Alpine Front”

Edward M. Strauss, Independent Scholar

“The War Notebooks (carnets de guerre) of Corporal Louis Barthas”

Germany’s Contested Legacies

Location: 309

Chair: Giuliana Chamedes, University of Wisconsin - Madison


Justin Court, University of Wisconsin – Madison

“The Visual Legacy of WWI and Indictments of Weimar Democracy in Right-Wing German Picture Books”

Jakob Zollman, Center for Global Constitutionalism of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin

“’Certainly no one out of a lunatic asylum would consider such a Constitution fit for a free people.’ When Lawyers Talked About Imperial Germany and the War (1890 to 1918)”

Robert W. Rennie, University of Tennessee

“Privileged Killers: German Aviators and Violence in the First World War”

4:30-5:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Keene, "What did it all Mean? Americans and World War I" (Wisconsin Historical Society)
5:45-6:45 p.m. Reception,  (Lobby & Reading Room ,Wisconsin Historical Society)

About Madison: 

Madison, Wisconsin is the state capitol and the location of the University of Madison-Wisconsin. In the downtown area THERE are numerous restaurants as well as the UW, WVM, WHS and other sites of interest. For more information about Madison go to  Madison is readily accessed by car via the interstate system, via bus, and Dane County Regional Airport is served by several airlines and is 10 minutes by taxi or hotel shuttle from downtown and the campus.

Learn more about Wisconsin in World War I at

Session passes will be available as room permits the day of the paper presentations (Saturday), and the final featured speaker's presentation Saturday afternoon will be open to the public. Session passes may be available online prior to the symposium as space permits.


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