Angelo State University’s Department of History will host the first spring 2017 installment of its Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Gary Blakeley

Titled “Photography and Physical Therapy in the Great War,” the lecture will take place in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center and is open free to the public.

Tina Doyle, ASU senior instructor in mass media, will discuss developments in photography during the Great War time period. She will be joined by Harriet Lewis, retired ASU assistant clinical professor of physical therapy, who will examine the development of physical therapy and health care techniques as the medical professions sought to heal those who had been wounded and scarred by the war.

Three additional events are scheduled for the Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series this spring:

  • 7 p.m. Monday, March 6: “Can the Kaiser: Viewing World War One Through American Propaganda Posters.” Dr. Jay Antle, professor of history at Johnson County Community College, will discuss his research on World War I propaganda posters and their influence on shaping civilians’ understanding of the conflict.
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30: “World War I Voices and Veterans Roundtable.” Students from the ASU Department of Visual and Performing Arts will perform dramatic readings of World War I Era accounts, both private and public. Invited veterans from more recent conflicts will then discuss those century-old sentiments, along with several topics pertaining to military service.
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20: “Texas’s Ethnic Minorities During World War I.” Dr. Charles Grear, professor of history at Central Texas College, and Dr. Alex Mendoza, associate professor of history at the University of North Texas, will discuss the challenges faced by German-Americans and Mexican-Americans on the home front as the U.S. waged WWI.

The three-year lecture series began in September 2015 to commemorate World War I, also known as the Great War, and is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant No. AC-226771-15. It is also part of “World War I and America,” a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The series is co-organized by Dr. Christine Lamberson and Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai of ASU’s history faculty. It is also co-sponsored by the ASU West Texas Collection and Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. Additional 2017 partners include Historic Fort Concho and San Angelo’s Stephens Central Library.