The Great War: 2-Day WWI Symposium
Thursday & Friday, November 9-10, 2017
Community Center Auditorium
Purchase as a package and attend all four lectures at special pricing!
Individual lecture tickets will go on-sale after September 6, 2017.
About The Authors
Margaret MacMillan is a former Warden of St. Antony’s College and a Professor of History at the University of Toronto. In 2006 Professor MacMillan was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2016 she was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Canada. Her books include Women of the Raj (1988, 2007); Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (2001) for which she was the first woman to win the Samuel Johnson Prize; Nixon in China: Six Days that Changed the World; The Uses and Abuses of History (2008); Extraordinary Canadians: Stephen Leacock (2009); The War That Ended Peace (2014); and History’s People (2016).
Jay Murray Winter
Jay Murray Winter is an American historian. He is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, where he focuses his research on World War I and its impact on the 20th century. His other interests include the remembrance of war in the 20th century, such as memorial and mourning sites, European population decline, the causes and institutions of war, British popular culture in the era of the First World War and the Armenian Genocide of 1915. He has authored or coauthored 18 books.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
The War That Ended Peace
The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment—so why did it happen?
Beginning in the early 19th century and ending with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, award-winning historian Margaret Macmillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions, and just as impor¬tant, the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster. This masterful exploration of how Europe chose its path towards war will change and enrich how we see this defining moment in history.Buy Tickets
What Americans Should Know about the Great War
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the Great War, which by then had been raging for three years on the European Continent. Jay Winter, professor emeritus at Yale, is widely regarded as an expert on World War I and its impact on culture and society. He will give us a front-row seat to America’s role in the war that made the United States the dominant world power. His insights into the war are guaranteed to change the way you think about one of the most pivotal episodes in world history.Buy Tickets
Cocktail Reception for Sponsors
Boca Bay Beach Club
Sponsors will enjoy refreshments in the Boca Bay Beach Club while getting to know our distinguished guests and hearing about their experiences.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Poetry Reading: In Flanders Fields
In Flanders Fields is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. According to legend, fellow soldiers retrieved the poem after McCrae, initially dissatisfied with his work, discarded it. In Flanders Fields was first published on December 8 of that year in the London-based magazine, Punch.
Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History
Jay Winter’s powerful study of the “collective remembrance” of the Great War offers a major reassessment of one of the critical episodes in the cultural history of the 20th century. Dr. Winter looks anew at the culture of commemoration and the ways in which communities endeavored to find collective solace after 1918. Taking issue with the prevailing “modernist” interpretation of the European reaction to the appalling events of 1914-18, Dr. Winter instead argues that what characterized that reaction was, rather, the attempt to interpret the Great War within traditional frames of reference. Tensions arose inevitably. Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning is a profound and moving book of seminal importance for the attempt to understand the course of European history during the first half of the 20th century. Winter will also discuss how WWI is commemorated in the United States, including the proposed new WWI memorial, just steps away from the White House.Buy Tickets
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
For six months in 1919, after the end of “the war to end all wars,” the Big Three—President Woodrow Wilson, British prime minister David Lloyd George, and French premier Georges Clemenceau—met in Paris to shape a lasting peace. In this landmark work of narrative history, Margaret MacMillan gives a dramatic and intimate view of those fateful days, which saw new political entities—Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Palestine, among them—born out of the ruins of bankrupt empires, and the borders of the modern world redrawn.Buy Tickets