A two for one ICS Great War Lecture Series

For Immediate Release: Jan. 28, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Jeanette Keith, professor of history, and Beth Michalec, instructor of communications studies at Bloomsburg University, will present their research in two separate lectures as part of the Institute for Culture and Society’s (ICS) lecture series, “The Great War in Modern Culture and Society.”

Keith’s “The Lusitania Syndrome” and Michalec’s “American Advertising and the Great War” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Centennial Hall 239.

In her lecture, Keith will discuss where the sinking of the Lusitania lives in the American memory and “why students rewrite history of American involvement in the Great War so that it makes sense.” Michalec will examine the ways advertising in the United States made use of images and themes related to World War I, also referred to as the Great War.

Keith’s research into conscription and the Great War home front in the American South resulted in an article published in the Journal of American History and the book “Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight.” Both won awards from national historical associations. For the past 25 years, Keith has been teaching U.S. history at Bloomsburg University.

Michalec joined BU’s communication studies department in August 2014. Her research interests and professional background include integrated marketing communications, the communicative implications of technology, communication ethics and nonprofit development. Michalec teaches courses on public speaking and computer applications.

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

ICS The Great War Centennial Lecture Series

  • Lisa Stallbaumer, professor of history, “War is Funny Business: The Use of Humor to Explore the Great War,” on Thursday, 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, 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, professor of 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.