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Wofford College professor to lecture on Armistice Day

Friday, November 04, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – An exploration of the lost meaning of Armistice Day will be the focus of a lecture by Wofford College professor Dr. Frank Machovec at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Olin Teaching Theater. The program is free and open to the public.

At 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, a two-minute silence traditionally is observed. Originally, it was to commemorate when the Great War, World War I, came to an end in 1918 – Armistice Day. Today, it is Veteran’s Day, and the anniversary is used to remember all those who have died in the wars since.

“Forgotten Sacrifices: The Neglected Meaning of Armistice Day” is a presentation Machovec, an economics professor, has presented for a number of years. A 60-minute historical lecture, supported by a slide show, will examine numerous topics unfamiliar to most people – the U.S. Army’s novel solution to the race problem that erupted during World War I; the medical revolution spurred by battle-wound plastic surgery; and the war’s legacy of adamant grassroots isolationism that circumscribed U.S. foreign policy during the late 1930s.