Event 

Title:
World War I and America Writing Workshop
When:
Saturday, March 03, 2018  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Delaware History Museum - Wilmington
Category:
Program

Description

American and French servicemen at a Red Cross canteen in Bordeaux, France ca. 1919 Gift of the Delmarva Red CrossIn March, the Delaware Historical Society hosts the first two in a series of six World War I-themed writing workshops. Each workshop is open to the public.  By bringing participants of different ages and backgrounds together to discover this history, the dialogue should be engaging and informative.  Each workshop session will use a specific guiding question as the theme, and feature the DHS exhibitions, The First State at the Front: WWI and the Road to Victorious Peace and Delaware, One State Many Stories.

Using World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, the anthology published by Library of America, participants in the workshop will read and discuss selected works.  The anthology, edited by A. Scott Berg, brings together 127 pieces that tell the vivid story of battlefront and homefront, from Sarajevo and the invasion of Belgium through the sinking of the Lusitania, the Armenian genocide, the controversy over intervention, and the terrible ferocity of Belleau Wood and the Meuse-Argonne, to the League of Nations debate and the racial violence and political repression that divided postwar America.

The writing gathered here illuminates, as no retrospective history can, how Americans perceived and felt about the war, why they supported or opposed intervention, how they endured the nightmarish reality of modern industrial warfare, and how they experienced the uncertainty and contingency of unfolding events. And it shows how World War I framed issues that still haunt us:  what role should America play in the world? Are our claims to moral leadership abroad undercut by the reality of racial injustice at home? What does our nation owe those who fight on its behalf?

Inspired by the themes of war-related experiences explored in the anthology, workshop participants will create their own essays, stories and poems, responding to issues raised by their discussion of these guiding questions.

Please join us on March 17, 2018 for the second in the series - click here for details.

Dr. Samuel Hoff

 

 

Facilitator:  Samuel Hoff, Ph.D.,
George Washington Distinguished Professor and Law Studies Director,
Dept. of History, Political Science, and Philosophy, Delaware State University.

 

 

FREE
Reservations requested - click here to reserve.

On-street parking is FREE on weekends.
FREE PARKING is also available courtesy of Colonial Parking on the corner of 6th and Shipley streets.

 

SCHEDULE Saturday, March 3, 2018
 
1:00 - 1:10 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
Angela Winand, Ph.D., Head, Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, DHS
 
1:10 - 1:30 p.m. Museum Tour of Exhibitions, The First State at the Front: WWI and the Road to Victorious Peace,
and Mitchell Center, Journey to Freedom, Angela Winand
 
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Presentation: Should Americans try to "make the world safe for democracy?"
Power Point and Selected Primary Documents, Samuel Hoff
 
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Break
 
2:15 - 2:50 p.m. Writing Prompts and Discussion: Should Americans try to "make the world safe for democracy?"
Anthology and selected primary sources, Sameul Hoff
 
2:50 - 3:00 p.m. Wrap-up


 

 

      

This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of Library of America
presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History,
the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations,
with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Venue

Venue:
Delaware History Museum
Street:
504 N. Market Street
ZIP:
19801
City:
Wilmington
State:
DE

Description

The Delaware History Museum (1940) was originally a Woolworth's Department Store. It has been transformed into the Delaware History Museum and the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage. It features permanent and rotating exhibitions, classrooms, and meeting space.



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