Great War inspires ICS lecture series

For Immediate Release: Oct. 13, 2014

Jeff E. Long

BLOOMSBURG — Jeff Long, associate professor of history at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, will be the first presenter of the Institute for Culture and Society’s (ICS) faculty lecture series, “The Great War in Modern Culture and Society.”

Long’s lecture, “Japan in World War I and at Versailles: Becoming World Citizens,” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. BU’s Centennial Hall, room 218.

“Japan in World War I and at Versailles: Becoming World Citizens” will discuss Japan’s participation in the Great War, the war in Asia and Japan’s role in the Versailles Peace Treaty negotiation process. The presentation will also feature film clips on Japan’s efforts toward the inclusion of a racial equality clause in the League of Nations Charter.

Long earned his doctorate degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, where his studies focused on militarism and literature during Japan’s early Shōwa years, 1926-1937. His translation of Hayashi Fusao’s short story, “Apples,” will appear in “For Dignity, Justice and Revolution: An Anthology of Japanese Proletarian Literature.”

The lecture series is being held in honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I also known as “The Great War.” Each presenter will discuss the impacts of the war on different aspects of society. The series will include faculty from the history, English, art and art history and communication studies departments.

Michael Hickey, professor of history and coordinator of the series, sees the lectures as important observances of the beginnings of World War I. The series, he said, “deals with the period of the war and the ways culture has been affected by the memory of war.”

All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

ICS “The Great War Centennial” Lecture Series

  • Vera Viditz-Ward, professor of art and art history, photographer and historian of photography, “The Great War and Photography,” on Thursday Nov. 13, 7 p.m., at Centennial Hall 218
  • Michael C. Hickey, professor of history, “Russia and its Jews in the Great War,” on Monday, Nov.17, 7 p.m., at Centennial Hall 218
  • Brion White, instructor of communications studies, “Boardwalk Empire, PTSD, and the Great War,” on Monday, Feb. 3, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239
  • Jeanette Keith, professor of history, “The Lusitania Syndrome” and Beth Michalec, instructor of communication studies, “American Advertising and the Great War,” on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239
  • Lisa Stallbaumer, professor of history, “War is Funny Business: The Use of Humor to Explore the Great War,” on Monday, Feb. 26, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239
  • M. Safa Saracoglu, professor of history, “Film and Discussion: The Ottoman Empire in the Great War,” on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239
  • Nancy Gentile Ford, professor of history, “Americans All! Immigrant Soldiers in the U.S. Army in the Great War,” on Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239
  • Yahya Laayouni, professor of languages and cultures, “Film and Discussion: France in the Great War,” on Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239
  • Tina Entzminger, professor of English, and students, “Hemingway and the Great War: Poster Presentations and Discussion,” on Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall 239
  • Nogin Chung, professor of art history, and students, “The Great War and Modernism in the Visual Arts: A Student Colloquium,” on Friday, April 24, 2015, 11 a.m. at Centennial Hall 239

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.