October 30Faculty members from three departments in the College of Arts & Humanities participated in the final Humanities Month event for the fall 2018 semester. All of these faculty members used material collected by History Department faculty and students for the NEH-funding War Stories Project. Prof. Timothy Bonenfant (Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts) discussed the musical culture of the Vietnam War Era. Prof. JongHwa Lee (Dept. of Communications & Mass Media) talked about the importance of war memorials and focused on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Prof. Laurence Musgrove (Dept. of English & Modern Languages) analyzed the poems of local veteran Glenn Allison.
October 27Prof. Kara Vuic, a professor of history at Texas Christian University, spoke with a packed audience in the C. J. Davidson Conference Center on Tuesday, October 23. This was the final event in the fall 2018 Great War Series and the third event in the Humanities Month series. Prof. Vuic talked about the experiences of women who wished to contribute to the Great War effort and answered multiple questions from the engaged audience.
October 18The National Endowment for the Humanities-funded War Stories Project, co-directed by Profs. Christine Lamberson and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, was featured in Perspectives, the magazine of the American Historical Association. Interested parties can read the article by clicking this link.
October 16The College of Arts & Humanities began its first Humanities Month in October 2018. The events feature lectures by both Angelo State faculty and outside guests. The first event with Angelo State faculty took place on October 16 in the Eldon Black Recital Hall and featured lectures by Prof. William A. Taylor (Dept. of Security Studies & Criminal Justice) and Prof. Matthew Gritter (Dept. of Political Science & Philosophy). Both professors used material collected by the History Department’s War Stories team over the course of four years. In addition, Profs. Ashley Meyer and Daniel Anderson from the Theatre Program (Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts), used select stories from the collection to put together a dramatic presentation that featured some first-year students. Around 200 attendees came out for this event.
October 11In the first Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series event of the 2018-19 Academic Year, Prof. David Krugler (University of Wisconsin–Platteville) spoke to over 200 attendees about the challenges that African Americans faced during the Great War Era. He talked about their fight for equality in a deeply racist American society, in the press, and in the criminal justice system.
April 5Prof. Julien Zarifian, a Fulbright scholar from the University of Cergy-Pontoise (France), who is spending the year at the Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the University of Southern California, visited Angelo State University for the Great War Series. He spoke on the Armenian Genocide and America’s response to the event. He also visited several classes while on campus and also spoke to students in the Honors Program. His visit was made possible by the Outreach Lecture Fund as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities.
March 29War Stories co-director Christine Lamberson and student assistant Keely Shaw attended an event honoring Vietnam veterans at Angelo State’s Alumni Center on March 29, 2018.
March 26Prof. John Irish, Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts, spoke to a crowd of over 150 at the C. J. Davidson Center about the musical traditions of the Great War Era. Going through some of the popular musical trends of the period, Prof. Irish also noted the contributions of African-American musicians and the emergence of jazz.
March 22Prof. Allison Robbins, Dept. of Music, University of Central Missouri, shared her research on female impersonation in Great War Era U.S. armed forces camps with an audience of over 150 in Cavness 100. Prof. Robbins showed clips and also provided some background on the culture of the period.
February 15In the first event in the Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series of the spring 2018 semester, Preston Lewis, an author for former director of the Angelo State University Office of Communications and Marketing, introduced the audience to the story of Daniel R. Edwards, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Lewis told more than just Edwards’s biography, however. He also discussed the difficulties of telling truth from fiction in writing about an individual who claims to have accomplished tasks that were impossible. The audience of nearly 170 learned a great deal about Mr. Edwards’s service but also about the job that an historian performs in studying the past.
November 15As part of the “World War I and America” initiative from the Library of America, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this event brought together students from the Department of Visual & Performing Arts to reenact the voices of the World War I generation. Local veterans provided commentary and discussed their own experiences in the armed forces. The event at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts drew an audience of over 140. The grant was co-directed by Profs. Lamberson and Wongsrichanalai.
October 30Prof. Christopher Capozzola, associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, visited campus and spoke about how the federal government mobilized the American population for the Great War. Over 200 attendees from the student body and San Angelo community attended the event in the Angelo State University Auditorium on October 30, 2017.
September 29Prof. Charles Endress (ret.) captivated an audience of over 350 in the C. J. Davidson Center on the evening of September 28, 2017. He discussed the evolution of aircraft and their use during the Great War. This is the first event in the Department of History’s 2017-18 Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
April 20Prof. Charles Grear (Central Texas College) & Alexander Mendoza (University of North Texas) closed out the History Department’s 2016-17 Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series on April 20 at the Fort Concho Commissary. Prof. Grear discussed the plight of ethnic Germans in Texas during the war and Prof. Mendoza discussed the challenges that Mexican Americans faced during that same conflict. Audience members also had the opportunity to view the “World War I and America” traveling exhibit.
April 3The World War I traveling exhibit, part of the “World War I & America” grant co-directed by Profs. Lamberson & Wongsrichanalai, is on display at Fort Concho (Barracks 2). It is free and open to the public from April 1-24.
March 30Theatre students brought WWI voices to life and local veterans from the Vietnam and Iraq conflicts discussed whether the issues that Americans faced a century ago are still relevant in the late 20th and early 21st centuries in this Great War Series event. Almost 130 attendees turned out for the performances and panel discussion at the Stephens Central Library in downtown San Angelo on March 30, 2017.
March 6Great War Series examines propaganda posters presented by Prof. Jay Antle, Angelo State alumnus and professor at Johnson County Community College.
February 21First Spring 2017 Event in the Great War Series Discusses Developments in Two Fields
November 29Prof. Jennifer Keene of Chapman University, one of the nation’s leading World War I scholars, visited students in Prof. David Dewar’s constitutional history class before giving a lecture on the effects of the conflict on American life to a crowd of almost 200 attendees in the C. J. Davidson Center. This is the last event in the Great War Series for the fall 2016 semester. Prof. Keene discussed how the war led people to wear wristwatches, use certain words, organize for different causes, and develop policies that affected Americans of future 20th century generations.
October 27Prof. Mark Hama of the Dept. of English & Modern Languages discussed how World War I affected British poetry. Beginning with a look at Georgian poetry, Prof. Hama then turned to the devastating conflict and introduced several important poets and their key works. The event attracted over 200 attendees from both the student body and San Angelo community.
September 17Prof. Charles Endress, former head of the Department of History and distinguished professor emeritus, opened the 2016-2017 Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series by discussing the experience of fighting on the Western Front. Over 200 students and San Angelo residents came out for the evening programming in the C. J. Davidson Center.
February 20The Department of History’s War Stories Project, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-directed by Profs. Christine Lamberson and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, was featured on the front page of the Angelo State University website. The feature story link can be found here.
February 16Profs. John Osterhout, Ralph Zehnder, and Gregory Smith from the Department of Chemistry at Angelo State University spoke to an audience of over 250 on the topic of “Chemical Warfare in the Great War.” Prof. Osterhout provided historical background, Prof. Zehnder discussed scientist Fritz Haber, and Prof. Smith elaborated on the types of chemicals used in the conflict.
February 9Seven local Latino-American veterans participated in a roundtable discussion about their experiences at Fort Concho on February 9, 2016. George Marquez, Domingo Luna, America Garcia, Eugenio Garcia, Primo Gonzalez, Tony Ramirez, and Joe Arzate shared their experiences of service with the audience of 60. Prof. John Klingemann also delivered some opening remarks and placed the service of these individuals in historical context.
November 16Prof. David J. Silbey, associate director of the Cornell in Washington Program and adjunct associate professor of history at Cornell University, visited with Angelo State history students before speaking to a 175-person audience as part of the “Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series.” Silbey discussed how cultural backgrounds influence soldiers’ experiences on the battlefield.
November 6Christine Lamberson, assistant professor and co-director of the “War Stories” project, published a post on the History News Network site. She describes a disconnect between academic scholarship focused on foreign policy, a public focused on “supporting the troops,” and veterans’ needs. She advocates increasing involvement in veteran-focused public history projects in order to bridge the gap. Read the post here.