Series of #KU events to honor #WW1, today’s veterans, military

On September 29th, KU Today published a fantastic write-up of KU WWI Centennial Commemoration events for 2014-15. Read the article here.


Now – Oct. 16
Local Veterans Art Exhibit
In connection with the performance “Basetrack,” the Lied Center will display the artwork of local veterans throughout the building.

Now – Oct. 16
KU Student Veterans Uniform Project
The contemporary uniforms from students who are serving or have served in the military will be on display. Location: Lied Center

Now – Winter 2014/2015
The Second Battlefield: Nurses in the First World Wardonations accepted
Works on paper reveal World War I’s second battlefield, the medical personnel caring for the wounded. As medical practices evolved during the war years, nursing played a critical role. Location: Spencer Museum of Art

Now – Winter 2014/2015
World War I and the End of Empires, donations accepted
The first public exhibit that pulls from a gift of more than 3,000 World War I art works, the exhibit explores how the Great War changed the notion of modernity and realigned the political map in ways that continue to affect us today. Location: Spencer Museum of Art

Now – Jan. 24
Doing Our Part: Lawrence During the Great War, donations accepted
Through letters, artifacts and photographs, the exhibit shares the stories of the men who served overseas, life on the homefront in Douglas County and local memorials honoring those lost in conflict. Location: Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.


Tuesday, Sept. 30
The Elgar Concerto Within the Context of WWI6:30 p.m.
A pre-performance conversation will explore the Elgar Cello Concerto within the context of World War I. The presentation also will cover information about the recently acquired World War I art collection at the Spencer museum and KU’s World War I commemoration efforts. Location: Lied Center Pavilion

Tuesday, Sept. 30
University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Roman, 7:30 p.m.,
$20-$30 Adult / $11-$16 Student/Youth
The KU Symphony Orchestra will perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with guest cellist Joshua Roman. Written in the aftermath of World War I, the Elgar concerto expresses the composer’s sadness at the devastation of the war. Location: Lied Center

Wednesday, Oct. 8
Reading: The Poetry of the First World War, 4 p.m.
An Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, Folleh Tamba created artwork inspired by World War I poetry. Tamba and KU students will read and discuss these poems. In October, Tamba’s exhibit, “A Grunt’s War Diary,” will be on view at Kansas State University. Location: Spencer museum

Monday, Oct. 13
Panel Discussion – Media and Military: A Tentative Alliance, 5:30 p.m.
Modern warfare relies on a relationship between the military and media, both of which seek to serve the public. This panel discussion will focus on this sometimes difficult and definitely complex relationship. Panelists will include: cast members of “Basetrack”; Barbara Bennett, associate dean of KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications; and Mike Denning, director of the Office of Graduate Military Programs. Following the panel discussion a reception will be held for the cast of “Basetrack” at the VFW. Location: Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.

Wednesday, Oct. 15
“Basetrack”; 7:30 p.m., $20-$30 Adult / $11-$16 Student/Youth
A multimedia theatrical performance, “Basetrack” draws on the power of soldiers’ stories to examine the experience of those who served in Afghanistan. The performance, which mixes live music, journalism and technology, sparks conversation on the legacy of war. Location: Lied Center

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Combat Veterans Courts: Leave No Veteran Behind, 7 p.m.
Part of a conference sponsored by Graduate Military Programs, the program will examine the national response to the plight of veterans within the criminal justice system. Melissa Fitzgerald, best known for her role as Carol on the television show “The West Wing” and currently senior director for Justice for Veterans, will headline the conference. Graduate Military Programs, the Command and General Staff College Foundation and Marine Corps University Foundation are hosting the program. Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

Wednesday, Oct. 22
War Termination – Compare and Contrast Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq, 7 p.m.
Graduate Military Programs, the Command and General Staff College Foundation and Marine Corps University Foundation are hosting the event. Location: Dole Institute of Politics

Tuesday, Nov. 4
Veterans Day Run

Saturday, Nov. 8
Salute to Service at KU football game

Tuesday, Nov. 11

#KU_WWI @GSoldierSvejk Literary Tweetenactment

Since 1923, The Fateful Adventures of The Good Soldier Švejk during the World War, or more commonly known as The Good Soldier Švejk, has been delighting audiences around the world with its dark comedy and biting anti-war themes.


Considered the grandfather of satirical anti-war novels like Catch-22, The Good Soldier Švejk is a hilarious yet scathing commentary on the ludicrous absurdity of 20th century Austro-Hungarian bureaucracy. The novel has been translated into over 58 languages and many acknowledge it as one of the greatest masterpieces of satirical writing ever written.


For the purposes of the #KU_WWI Twitter Project, we present an abbreviated first chapter of The Good Soldier Švejk in which Švejk (@GSoldierSvejk) learns about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (@ArchdukeFranzi) from his cleaning lady, Mrs. Müller (@CharwomanMuller). What is striking about their discussion is its seeming irrelevance to their everyday lives — they are interested in the event, but only in so much as people are when it comes to royalty and scandal.


The literary tweetenactment tries to be as true to the English translation of the novel as possible, with abbreviation and some artistic license for the 140-character tweet limitation.

Read the @GSoldierSvejk Tweetenactment here.

The @GoodSoldierSvejk Tweetenactment is meant to represent the greater body of WWI literature, music, and art that would come out of the early part of the 20th century. It is our opinion that history is best understood by exposure to the humanities, and it is our hope that you will be inspired to seek your own copy of The Good Soldier Švejk as a means of better understanding the First World War.

Click here to learn more about the #KU_WWI Twitter Project.

Did you know that the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas now hosts one of the largest collection of WWI art in the United States? Click here to read an article about the collection.

Watkins Museum WWI Lecture Series: New Collection at SMA

At the Watkins Museum of History‘s ongoing lecture series on WWI, Steve Goddard, Associate Director/Senior Curator of Works on Paper at the Spencer Museum of Art, will share some of the highlights of Professor Eric G. Carlson’s recent donation to the Spencer Museum of Art of an estimated 3500 prints, drawings, posters, paintings and decorative arts related to the First World War. Most of the works were made in France during the war years (1914-1918) although the donation also includes some German, Belgian and British material.

Location: Watkins Museum of History (1047 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044)
Date: Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Time: 7:00pm