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Yale professor to speak in The War Year program Thursday

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dr. Jay Winter, Yale University, will speak at The War Year program at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26.SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Dr. Jay Winter, a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century, will be the guest speaker at Wofford College at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building.  The War Year program is free and open to the public.

The War Year learning community at Wofford began during the fall of this academic year with panel discussions, special speakers and other programs.  The purpose of the program is to encourage study and learning and to generate excitement through the exchange of ideas.  Dr. Vivian Fisher, professor and chair of the department of English and coordinator of the program, says, “There is no political agenda behind the program.  We believe that through education and the free expression of ideas, we can better face the future and become wiser, more thoughtful citizens.”

Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University.  His other interests include remembrances of war in the 20th century, such as memorial and mourning sites, European population decline, the causes and institution of war, British popular culture in the World War I era and the Armenian genocide of 1915.

Winter is the author or co-author of a dozen books, including “Socialism and the Challenge of War,” “Ideas and Politics in Britain, 1912-18,” “The Great War and the British People,” “The Fear of Population Decline,” “The Experience of World War I,” “Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History,” “1914-1918: The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century,” “The Generation of Memory,” “Remembering War: The Great War between History and Memory in the 20th Century,” and “Dreams of Peace and Freedom: Utopian Moments in the 20th Century.”