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Humanities Symposium 2017

Loyola University's annual Humanities Symposium took place on March 15-16, 2017. This year's theme, Reflections on World War I, commemorated the centennial anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War.  The Center for Humanities selected a variety of texts including Mary Borden’s poetic descriptions of her work as a nurse behind the front lines as well as a selection of poetry written by American, Canadian and British soldiers.  The symposium culminated in a two-day interdisciplinary discussion bringing faculty and students together to reflect upon war and peace, technology and war, poetry and prose and many other aspects of war and society.

Dr. Christopher Capozolla, professor of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presented the keynote lecture, “Citizenship in Crisis: Centennial Legacies of First World War,” on Thursday, March 16 in McGuire Hall.  Capozolla is the author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and Making of the Modern American Citizen. He is the co-curator of “The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I. 1914-1919,” a multi-platform public history initiative commemorating the centennial of America’s entry into World War I.

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