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“Understanding Life and Death on the Eastern Front" presentation on April 11

Friday, April 8, 2016

KU Libraries’ Gallery Lecture Series continues its mission to feature interdisciplinary research and creative work with a lecture by Nathan Wood, associate professor of History, on Monday, April 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Watson Library, Third Floor, Haricombe Gallery. Entitled “Understanding Life and Death on the Eastern Front: A personal and historical journey,” Wood’s presentation is the first lecture in the spring speaker line-up. 

Wood’s lecture tracks his personal journey researching the Eastern Front, sharing lessons and insights that are commonly forgotten in public memory.

“My original conception of the Great War was formed largely by the concept of trench warfare and stalemate on the Western Front,” explained Wood. “In graduate school, I read the memoir of the Polish village mayor Jan Slomka, and other books, evidence from the archives and experience in the terrain of the war have further altered my conception of life and death on the Eastern Front.”

“We are so pleased to have Nathan Wood launch the libraries’ spring Gallery Lecture Series,” said Sarah Goodwin Thiel, KU Libraries’ head of community engagement and exhibits program coordinator. “Nathan’s research into WWI and his ongoing emphasis, starting as a graduate student, on the Eastern Front, will be of particular interest to undergraduate and graduate students as well as the broader KU community.”

The spring Gallery Lectures Series is developed in conjunction with the Haricombe Gallery exhibition, “Eastern Front 1914-1918: An exploration of the conflict.”

“The lecture series enables KU Libraries to showcase diverse scholarship from researchers across campus,” said Kent Miller, interim co-dean of KU Libraries. “The spring series compliments ongoing dialogues and conversations into life during World War I and, in particular, the Eastern Front.”

This lecture is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit the Gallery Lecture Series webpage

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