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In commemoration of the

Centennial Anniversary of U.S. Participation in World War I

World War I poster - Fight or buy bondsThursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Reception 4 p.m.
Lecture 4:30 p.m.

Kinnickinnic River Theater, University Center, UWRF

"Hold Up Your End! Class, Gender, and Ethnicity in U.S. World War I Posters"

Presented by

Dr. Jason McDonald

Assistant Professor of History, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri

Presentation summary:
Join the navy! Buy war bonds! Conserve food supplies! The American public was bombarded with messages like these during World War I, mostly via eye-catching posters issued by a host of governmental and voluntary agencies. Dr. McDonald will explainthe origins and impact of this nationwide publicity campaign, the first of its kind organized by the federal government. He will also explore some of the key themes and recurring symbolism present in America's war mobilization effort.

 Dr. Jason McDonald
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This 2016 event is co-sponsored by:

  • Wyman Visiting Professorship in History Foundation and
  • Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series Endowment

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Driving & parking

We have 30 free spaces in Pay 2 Lot (immediately south of the University Center, on Wild Rose Ave.) for the first 30 vehicles with this printable dashboard permit. IMPORTANT>>>Permit users must park between the "reserved signs" posted at each end of the available parking rows.

Those arriving after 30 free permits are in use, may purchase a permit at the pay station in the parking lot.

By late afternoon, additional free parking may also be available on on 6th Street near the Power Plant and on the side streets north of Cascade Avenue.

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The lecture series honors the memory of Professor Ed Peterson, who taught at UWRF from 1954 to 2005. It addresses issues that were the focus of Dr. Peterson's academic life and are still relevant today: war and peace, abuses and limits of power, the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century.

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Contributions may be added to the fund over time. Any questions may be directed to Zhiguo Yang, History and Philosophy Department, 715-425-4762 or UWRF Foundation Office, 715-425-3505.

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Sponsored by UWRF:

  • Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series Endowment
  • History and Philosophy Foundation
  • History and Philosophy Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences