Great War Lecture Series explores Boardwalk

For Immediate Release: Jan. 20, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Brion White, instructor of communications studies at Bloomsburg University, will present his research as part of the Institute for Culture and Society’s The Great War Centennial Lecture Series.

White’s lecture, “Boardwalk Empire, PTSD and the Great War” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239.

White’s lecture brings discussion of World War I to “America’s Playground” Atlantic City. His lecture will present selections from the television series “Boardwalk Empire” and discuss the program's handling of the legacies of the Great War, with special attention to its treatment of shell shock, known today as post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

White, who teaches public speaking and interpersonal communications, pursues research in media and militarism, especially during the Obama presidency. His most recent publication is an essay on peace activists Dorothy Day and Petra Kelly.

All lectures in the series, sponsored by BU’s College of Liberal Arts, are free and open to the public.

ICS Great War Centennial Series

  • 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, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • Lisa Stallbaumer, professor of history, “War is Funny Business: The Use of Humor to Explore the Great War,” on Monday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • M. Safa Saracoglu, professor of history, “Film and Discussion: The Ottoman Empire in the Great War,” on Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • Nancy Gentile Ford, professor of history, “Americans All! Immigrant Soldiers in the U.S. Army in the Great War,” on Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • Yahya Laayouni, assistant professor of languages and cultures, “Film and Discussion: France in the Great War,” on Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • Tina Entzminger, professor of English, and students, “Hemingway and the Great War: Poster Presentations and Discussion,” on Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • Nogin Chung, associate professor of art and art history, and students, “The Great War and Modernism in the Visual Arts: A Student Colloquium,” on Friday, April 24, 11 a.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.

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