A Long, Long Way: Echoes of the Great War

A Long, Long Way: Echoes of the Great War

The First World War – the “Great War,” as an earlier generation knew it – changed everything about our world. It brought mighty empires crashing down and redefined the conventions of civilization. In the space of four years, it all but destroyed an entire generation of young men. It was a war of firsts: the first industrialized, “mass-production” war, the first war that demanded toil and sacrifice from entire populations, the first war to see deliberate, regular, calculated attacks on civilians. The unprecedented and everyday horrors of the war led those who witnessed them to question the basic values of Western civilization. The Second World War would kill more victims and destroy more cities, but the World War that came before was the greater shock. The legacy of the First World War would make the Second possible; the destruction of the First World War would make the Second conceivable.

2014-18 marks the centenary of the Great War, and Wright State University will commemorate the occasion with the CELIA project A Long, Long Way: Echoes of the Great War. The project brings together a group of scholars from several departments in the College of Liberal Arts, including Dr. Hank Dahlman (Department of Music and Director, CELIA), Dr. Paul Lockhart (Professor of History and Senior CELIA Fellow for 2013-14), Dr. Barry Milligan (Professor of English and CELIA Fellow for 2014), and Dr. Christopher Oldstone-Moore (Senior Lecturer in History and CELIA Fellow for 2014). A Long, Long Way will explore the broader impact of the First World War through music, verse, lectures, film, and exhibits.

Date Event Description Time & Place
October 11, 2014 While Your Hearts Are Yearning: Popular Songs of the Great War Popular music of WWI
concert & lecture
7:30 PM Schuster Hall, CAC, Wright State main campus
October 16, 2014 Civilians and the Labor of War, 1914-1918 Lecture by Tammy Proctor, Professor and Chair of the History Department at Utah State University 12:30 PM Millett Hall Atrium, Wright State main campus
November 2, 2014 Holidays in the Heartland Concert saluting veterans and Armistice Day 7:30 PM Schuster Center, 2nd & Main Sts., Dayton
March 9-14, 2015 Maestro Keith Lockhart, conductor
Boston Pops and the BBC Concert Orchestra
2014-2015 Distinguished Visiting Artist Times: TBA CAC, Wright State University, main campus
March 13 & 14, 2015 Britten's War Requiem Keith Lockhart, guest conductor, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Wright State Choirs, Kettering Children's Choir, and guest soloists 8:00 PM Schuster Center, 2nd & Main Sts., Dayton
April 24, 2015 4th Annual Poetry & Music Concert Featuring classical music inspired by WWI 8:00 PM Schuster Hall, CAC, Wright State main campus

Tammy Proctor, Professor and Chair of the History Department at Utah State University (formerly of Wittenberg University), is the author of Civilians in a World at War, 1914-1918 (NYU Press, 2010), Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War (also NYU, 2006), and Scouting for Girls: A Century of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (Praeger 2009), as well as a number of articles about European history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


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Save the Date for ARTSGALA 2015 March 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. to midnight

Presented by Wright State University's College of Liberal Arts

Last year's Wright State University’s ARTSGALA offered patrons a night of unparalleled entertainment. Fine and performing arts students displayed their rich talents throughout the Creative Arts Center, and guests were treated to a dizzying array of food and fun.

Wright State’s 15th annual ARTSGALA set new records this year for both attendance and revenue.  More than 700 patrons raised a record $180,000 to support student scholarships in theatre, dance, art, music and motion pictures.  In the 15 years the university has hosted the event, over $1.75 million has been raised for arts students at Wright State.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013
9:00 am to noon
Creative Arts Center

A family-friendly morning of arts!

Choose from a variety of activities, such as:

  • Theatre performances
  • Hands-on percussion music discovery and performance
  • "Draw on the Walls"
  • Dancing and acting
  • Printmaking
  • Face painting
  • Artist demonstrations

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