CWI Fellow Sarah Johnson ’15 and Assistant Director Ian Isherwood will travel to England this March to present a jointly-authored paper at a conference on the Great War (World War I) at the University of Oxford. The symposium is sponsored by the Globalising and Localising the Great War Project, a partnership between Pembroke College and the Oxford Centre for Global History aimed at encouraging ground-breaking new research and fresh insights which challenge often clichéd standard perspectives on an event that shaped— and continues to shape— the modern world. Johnson and Isherwood’s paper, “‘Yankee to the ranks from the towns and the tanks’: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and the First World War,” grew out of Johnson’s 2014 Mellon Summer Scholar project, mentored by Isherwood, and represents the sort of student-faculty research collaboration that distinguishes a Gettysburg education. In addition to participating in the conference and networking with colleagues from across the world, Johnson and Isherwood plan to spend a day researching in the library of the Imperial War Museum (London). Read more of Sarah’s work on Gettysburg and the First World War here.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
We live in a moment of intense commemorative activity. The 2010s have brought us the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the centennial of the Great War, the bicentennial of the War of 1812, and the 50th anniversary of key moments in the American civil rights movement. CWI associate director Jill Ogline Titus, a public historian and scholar of the 20th century black freedom struggle, recently published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer challenging Americans using civil rights anniversaries to highlight the structural issues underlying continued racial inequality. Read Titus’s piece in its entirety here.