Historian to discuss US in World War I during centennial talk

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As the United States marks the centennial of its entry into World War I, the Society for Military History’s president will discuss the American war involvement during a free, public lecture March 23 at the University of Louisville.

    Jennifer Keene’s lecture, “Americans at War: Experiencing World War I,” will begin at 6 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, with a reception afterward. The event is part of the Louis R. Gottschalk lecture series, which the College of Arts and Sciences’ history department hosts to promote the study of history and to honor Gottschalk, a former UofL professor and American Historical Association president.

    Keene will discuss how the war meant separation, combat and loss for millions but also social advancement, adventure and victory to others.

               Keene is Chapman University’s history department chair. She has published three books on U.S. World War I involvement: “Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America,” “The United States and the First World War” and “World War I.”

    She also was lead author for the history textbook “Visions of America: A History of the United States” and associate editor of the Encyclopedia of War and American Society, which won the Society of Military History’s 2005 prize for best military history reference book. Keene is also an advisory board member of the International Society for First World War Studies. The Society for Military History will host its annual conference in Louisville in 2018.

                For more information, contact the UofL history department at 502-852-6818 or history@louisville.edu.

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    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a communications and marketing specialist for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she works in media relations and contributes to news about the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and Kent School of Social Work. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.