World War I and America

World War I and America

The Kishwaukee College Library is a proud participant in the Library of America’s national program to present programming on World War I and America during Spring 2017. This spring the Library will host a series of presentations that examine various aspects of World War I.  All events are free and open to the public.

World Gone Mad

Presenter: Jim Gibbons

Wednesday, February 15, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
A1225 in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center

Historian Jim Gibbons will take you through the first of two of the most catastrophic wars in our nation’s history, World War I, which began on July 28, 1914. Gibbons will highlight significant events that thrust the United States into this unwanted war. These events include the Assassination of the Arch Duke Ferdinand “which started the war, the sinking of the luxury liner Lusitania, and, due to arrogant missteps, the eventual rise of Adolph Hitler to supreme power leading into World War II." He will also cover new weapons for war that were first introduced: the airplane, the submarine, the aircraft carrier, and the tank were invented to achieve absolute victory.

Harlem Hellfighters: Prejudice, Discrimination, and Heroism in World War I

Presenter: Pernevlon Ellis

Monday, February 27, 11:00 am – Noon
And again on Tuesday February 28 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm
C1130 Student Lounge in the Kishwaukee College Student Center

Join Kishwaukee College faculty member Pernevlon Ellis for an interactive discussion of the influence of race, discrimination and stereotypes on the United States contribution to World War I.

The Unknown Soldier: How Does Military Service Change You?

Veteran’s Roundtable with Jennifer Jossendal

Thursday, March 30, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
C1130 - Student Lounge in the Kishwaukee College Student Center

Join Kishwaukee College History faculty member and veteran Jennifer Jossendal and a panel of veterans in a discussion of the unique military experience they share from basic training through combat and returning home to civilian life.

What Does the Nation Owe to Those Who Fight?

Presenter: Dr. Ashley Becker

Tuesday, April 25, 11:00 am – noon
C1130 Student Lounge in the Kishwaukee College Student Center

Ashley Becker is the Senior Director for Academic Affairs at the ICCB. She plays a leadership role in interpreting and improving State and agency policy to resolve issues for Illinois students. She is a veteran and military spouse.