“The Legacy of WWI: The Making of the Modern World”
April 1, 7-9. The University of Idaho’s Borah Symposium will examine how World War I changed the face of modern warfare. Gen. Richard Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will give the keynote address. Lectures will discuss the impact of modern technology and old ideas of valor and idealism, which led to the greatest loss of life in recorded history up to that point. Young men and women were asked to fight a war they imagined from classical literature, but it was fought with new technology. The world watched as most of a European generation died or was wounded, leaving holes throughout European landscapes and people’s lives. The symposium opens on April 1 with the Renfrew Colloquium presentation entitled, “Commemorating Catastrophe: Remembering the First World War 100 Years On” presented by Jay Winter, professor of history at Yale University, at 12:30 p.m. in the Idaho Commons, Whitewater Room, 875 S. Line St. in Moscow. Winter was a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and a lecturer turned reader in modern history at Cambridge from 1979-2001. He won an Emmy award as co-producer and historian on the eight-hour television series show on the BBC and the American PBS “The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century.” He is a founder of the Historial de la grande guerre, the museum of the Great War at Péronne, Somme, France. The symposium will continue on April 7 with the presentation entitled, “Killing Franz Ferdinand: The Terrorist Act that Started a War and Changed the World” presented by Richard Spence, UI professor of history, at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building Vandal Ballroom, 709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow. Later that evening, Winter will give the Borah Symposium plenary address, “Legacies of the Great War on the Modern Era” at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building Vandal Ballroom. On April 8, Scott Minnich, UI professor of microbiology, will present “’Lest We Forget:’ Influenza, the Great Pandemic of the Great War” at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building Vandal Ballroom. The symposium will continue later that evening with a lecture entitled, “Impacts of the Great War on the Middle East” presented by Priya Satia, associate professor of modern British history at Stanford University, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building Vandal Ballroom. The symposium will wrap up on April 9 with the Borah Symposium Keynote Address entitled, “The Changes to the Laws of the War and the Control of WMDs” presented by Myers at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building Vandal Ballroom.