HIGH POINT, N.C., March 17, 2014 – High Point University will bring together three of the nation’s leading experts to examine the truths and myths of World War I on the centennial of its start. “Making the World Safe for Democracy: First World War Workshop” will take place at 9 a.m. on March 29 in the Ballroom of the Greek Village Conference Center on the HPU campus. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
The HPU Department of History, Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Society for Military History are joining forces to examine President Woodrow Wilson’s promise to “make the world safe for democracy” during this one-day workshop. Speakers will highlight the many ways diversity of race, religion, gender, and ethic and national interests led to war in 1914, and how these issues shaped the war’s conduct until the guns fell silent in 1918.
The workshop, part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment Series, will feature speakers Dr. Michael Neiberg, Dr. Jennifer Keene and Dr. Richard Fogarty.
“It is a great honor for HPU to host these renowned scholars of World War I,” says Dr. Kara Dixon Vuic, associate professor of history who is heading up the event. “Their scholarship has collectively framed much of historians’ understanding of the war and has expanded the study of the war to reveal the crucial ways that matters of diversity shaped the war. We are delighted to have them speak to us on this important anniversary.”
According to Vuic, the overarching connections and themes of religion, citizenship, gender and nationalism to be covered in the workshop will go far beyond the classroom, and will be beneficial to students and community members alike.
“This year’s Faculty Cultural Enrichment theme is ‘Diversity: Living in Community,’ and our expert panelists are going to be highlighting the ways that matters of diversity shaped the war and the experiences of its participants,” says Vuic. “More importantly, we will examine the experiences of several groups for whom the war did not fulfill President Wilson’s promise.”
Neiberg is professor of history in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. His published work specializes on the First and Second World Wars, notably the American and French experiences.
Keene is professor of history and chair of the History Department at Chapman University. A specialist in the American military experience of World War I, she has published several books on the war.
Fogarty is associate professor of history at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is a historian of modern France and Europe, with particular interests in French colonialism, the First World War, and the history of race and racism.