Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, Lindsay Young Professor in the Department of History and director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, was recently a guest columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. Liulevicius recounts how the world reacted to America’s entry to the Great War in 1917. Two million Americans went over to
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Applications are now being accepted for the first annual Hop Bailey Jr. Essay Prize. Undergraduate students are invited to submit an essay addressing the experience of Americans who served in World War II and how they were changed as a result.
The UT Humanities Center’s Conversations and Cocktails series continues on Tuesday, February 3, with Vejas Liulevicius, Lindsay Young professor and the director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, talking about “Eastern Europe’s Dangers.”
The 2014 Medal of Honor Convention, to be held in Knoxville September 10 through 13, is giving UT students special opportunities to interact with some our nation’s most honored veterans.
The director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, Vejas Liulevicius, and center fellow Ernest Freeberg were featured this week in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The article, entitled “Great War now a faded memory in Chattanooga area” discusses the reasons why the recent one hundredth anniversary of the start of the
Kathryn Braund, the Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University, will visit campus on Thursday, February 27, to talk about the Creek War and its significance in American history. The lecture, “Wild, Ungovernable Young Men: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812,” will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center.
A federal grant and a gift from a veteran’s estate will help further the work of UT’s Center for the Study of War and Society. The center in partnership with UT Libraries has received a grant of about $19,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission toward the cost of digitizing 167 oral histories of World War II veterans from the center’s collection to put them online.
Friday was the seventy-second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor—a day forever etched in the memory of one East Tennessee veteran who earlier this year shared his story with UT’s Center for the Study of War and Society. Durward Swanson, ninety-two, is from Georgia but now lives in Maryville. He was an eighteen-year-old member of the Army Air Corps when he arrived at Hickam Air Force Base adjacent to Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu in October 1939.
US Navy Captain Rosemary Mariner, lecturer and scholar in residence at the Center for War and Society, was a featured guest on NPR’s On Point broadcast on Veteran’s Day. The experts, which also included NPR’s Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman and MIT researcher Cindy Williams, explored the future of America’s military as it faces big cuts and big changes.
UT will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, with its third annual National Day of Remembrance and Roll Call. The university will also create a “flag garden” on the south lawn of Ayres Hall as a visual acknowledgment of veterans, who are serving or have served, and UT Libraries will set up an exhibit of World War I and Civil War memorabilia. Members of the campus community are invited to place a flag in the flag garden in honor of a veteran. Flags can be reserved free of charge online.