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January

After the World Broke in Two:
WWI and the Fracturing of Poetry and Fiction

Lecture by Professor Laura Winters

laura Winters

January 15, 2015

Focusing on excerpts from In Our Time by Ernest Hemmingway, One of Ours by Willa Cather (who was connected with the Cos Cob art colony as a patron of the Holley Boarding House) and Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell, Professor Laura Winters will explore the impact that the destruction and suffering wrought by WWI had on themes, process and style in American literature and poetry.

Dr. Laura Winters has taught literature, writing and film for 31 years at The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, and has taught for over 20 years in the graduate school at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She has published Willa Cather: Landscape and Exile as well as articles about American literature and film, and is the editor of the Willa Cather Series at FDU (Fairleigh Dickinson University) Press.

January 15, 2015

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

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The Millionaires' Unit Documentary Film Screening

January 29, 2015

milliionaire's unit

The Millionaires' Unit is the story of an elite group of college students from Yale who formed a private air militia in preparation for America's entry into World War One. Known as the First Yale Unit and dubbed "the millionaires' unit" by the New York press, they became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve and were among the first to fight for the United States in the Great War. Using the squadron members' letters and diaries, the documentary chronicles the coming of age of these young pioneers against the backdrop of an event that signaled America's emergence as a world power. The film focuses on their service and sacrifice and chronicles a great, untold story of early aviation in America. The documentary was inspired by the book The Millionaires' Unit by Marc Wortman. After seven years in development and production by co-producers Ron King and Darroch Greer, the film is being presented to the public to commemorate the centennial of World War I.

Vanderbilt Education Center

3:00 to 5:00 pm

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February

Over Here and Over There:
The Popular Music of WWI

Music played a key role in the development of popular opinion during WWI. Lyrics and sheet music art were often designed to influence public opinion As the political climate shifted from neutrality to support for the allies, so did mainstream music. Prior to US involvement in 1917 many songs supported neutrality with more than one song invoking a mother’s love as a reason enough for a son to stay at home. After 1917, when the United States joined the conflict, patriotic themes became more popular.

Led by Stefanie Kies and Bea Crumbine, the program will juxtapose performances of period music with background information and slides. Also, performing are vocalist Dan Swartz and John Goldschmid on piano.

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 1, 2015, 5:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

$10 for members and $15 for nonmembers

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February 26, 2015, 7:00 pm
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February 26, 2015, 7:00 pm,
Non-members: $15

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March 1, 2015, 5:00 pm
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March 1, 2015, 5:00 pm
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