Experiencing WWI: America During the Great War
Thursday, September 27, 2018  6:00 PM
Delaware History Museum - Wilmington


For Home and Country

Dr. Jennifer D. Keene, Chair of the History Department at Chapman University, examines home-front mobilization and the experiences of soldiers on the battlefield, while also considering how the war affected women, immigrants, and African Americans. The ways in which the U.S. responded to the challenge of fighting its first modern war re-made America, leading to women’s suffrage, the modern civil rights movement, the drive to protect civil liberties, new conceptions of military service, and an expanded role for the United States in the world. In the period between WWI and WWII, Americans tried to “learn lessons” from the Great War in unexpected ways, revealing additional ways that the war continued to impact American society.

Jennifer D. Keene is a professor of history and chair of the History Department at Chapman University. She is the author of, Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001), World War I: The American Soldier Experience (2011), and The United States and the First World War (2000).  Keene was recently featured in the PBS documentary mini-series, The Great War.

Keene has received numerous awards for her scholarship, including Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to France and Australia and Mellon Library of Congress Fellowship in International Studies.  She served as an associate editor for the Encyclopedia of War and American Society (2005) which won the Society of Military History's prize for best military history reference book.  She co-edited, along with Michael Neiberg of Finding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War Studies (2011).  In 2011 Keene won the Jack Miller Center Prize for the best military or diplomatic history essay published in Historically Speaking.  She has published numerous essays and journal articles on the war, served as an historical consultant for exhibits and films, and as an associate editor of the Journal of First World War Studies.  She is also a general editor for the “1914-1918-online,” International Encyclopedia of the First World War, a major digital humanities project.


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