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Five-Year Initiative of Remembrance and Reflections of World War I

Beginning on September 23, 2014 USC Upstate embarked on a five-year commemoration and reflection of the centennial of World War I. The program will culminate with the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. 

100 Years After World War I Symposium:
Local to Global Impact of an International War 

April 6-7, 2017
USC Upstate

USC Upstate is hosting an international and interdisciplinary conference on April 6-7, 2017, the anniversary of the United States’ entrance into the war. The Keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Jennifer Keene, Professor and Chair of the History Department, Chapman University, California. Please use the conference hashtag #USCUpstateWWI to find more information about the conference on social media channels.

Presentations will examine international aspects of the war, with particular attention to regions of the world and features of the war that are underrepresented. Topics explored will include military and geopolitical ramifications, colonial experiences, changes in medicine, education, arts, literature, science and economics, and examinations of the roles of and impact on women, African Americans, immigrants and other distinctive population groups.

The following presentations are free and open to the public. Program at a glance:


8:30-8:50 AM, CLC Ballroom. Welcome: Dr. Dirk Schlingmann, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences and Dr. Brendan Kelly, Chancellor

Concurrent Sessions: 9:00-10:30 AM

SESSION #1: CLC 319. PANEL: From the Margins in World War I

SESSION #2: CLC Ballroom, 310. PANEL: The Literature of the Final Hours

Concurrent Sessions: 10:50 AM-12:20 PM

SESSION #3: CLC 319. PANEL: The United States in World War I

SESSION #4: CLC Ballroom, 310. PANEL: Africa in World War I

The portion of the program that is free and open to the public will resume after lunch on each conference day.

Concurrent Sessions: 2:15-3:45 PM

SESSION #5: CLC 319. PANEL: Asia in World War I

SESSION #6: CLC Ballroom, 310. PANEL: Conscientious Objection: Religious & Secular to World War I

7:45-9:15 PM: Keynote, CLC Ballroom, 310

Dr. Jennifer Keene, Chapman University, California: “Americans All! Experiencing World War I”


Concurrent Sessions: 9-10:30 AM

SESSION #7: CLC 319. PANEL: Remembering World War I

SESSION #8: CLC Ballroom, 310. PANEL: The U.S. and the Ottoman Humanitarian Crisis of World War I

Concurrent Sessions: 10:50 AM-12:20 PM

SESSION #9: CLC Ballroom, 310. PANEL: Knowledge & Cultural Opposition and Encounters in WWI

SESSION #10: CLC 319. PANEL: Local and Global Effects of World War I

Concurrent Sessions: 2:15-3:45 PM

Last Session: CLC 319. PANEL: Art and Memory of World War I

If you have questions, please contact the committee co-chairs, Dr. Catherine Canino or

Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche. Conference Website: http://www.uscupstate.edu/wwi/

Conference Hashtag: #USCUpstateWWI

USC Upstate World War I Symposium Committee:

Dr. Catherine Canino (Professor of English, Director of Honors Program) ccanino@uscupstate.edu

Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche (Assistant Professor of French, Assistant Chair of Languages, Literature, and Composition) ahernandez-laroche@uscupstate.edu

Dr. Frieda Patrick Davison (Dean of Library) fdavison@uscupstate.edu

Dr. Rob McCormick (Professor of History, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences) rmccormick@uscupstate.edu

Dr. Dirk Schlingmann (Professor of Mathematics, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences) dschlingmann@uscupstate.edu

Dr. Alex Akulli (Director of the Center for International Studies) aakulli@uscupstate.edu

We wish to express our gratitude to our sponsors: The Division of Student Affairs, The College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Clif Flynn, Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Dr. Samantha Hauptman, chair, and the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, & Women’s Studies, Dr. Celena Kusch, chair, and the Department of Languages, Literature and Composition, Dr. Carol Loar, chair, and the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, & American Studies, and Katie Hicks, Oakland House—Wedding Venue.

Five Year Initiative

Although the United States did not enter World War I until 1917, the impact on the Upstate began long before then. Events are being planned throughout the next five years that will highlight the causes, myths, realities and impact of the war both in the Upstate and internationally including films, displays, book clubs, presentations, symposia and trips to Word War I sites abroad. Some general topics explored include its history and impact on the military, medicine, education, women’s rights, imperial geopolitical shifting landscapes, art, music, literature both in the Upstate and internationally and African American culture. Events for the 2014/15 academic year include lectures on the causes of the war, the Upstate’s military installations and lost soldiers in Spartanburg, American women in the war, the impact of trench warfare and a panel discussion of the impact of the war on Germany.


National commemoration of the U.S. Entry into WWI


For more information, contact  

Dr. Catherine Canino
(864) 503-5657

Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche
(864) 503-5221

University Communications 
Tammy Whaley
(864) 505-210

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