UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
6, 2016 — Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history at Truman
State University, Kirksville, Mo., will speak at the University of
Wisconsin-River Falls on Thursday, Oct. 20, as part of the annual
Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series. The free lecture will begin at 4:30
p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater in the University Center and will be
preceded by a reception at 4 p.m.
"Hold Up Your End! Class, Gender, and Ethnicity in U.S. World War I
Posters," is in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the U.S.
participation in World War I. The lecture is open
to the public.
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. McDonald will explain the 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 symbolismpresent in America's war mobilization effort.
a doctorate in history from the University of Southampton, United
Kingdom. He teaches courses on American history, historiography, and
public and digital
history, and history of migration, ethnicity, and race, such as
African-American history, the Civil Rights Movement, and the American eugenics movement.
He has authored books including "American Ethnic History: Themes and Perspectives"
(2007) and "Racial Dynamics in Early Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas" (2012) and has published essays and articles in edited collections and scholarly
journals including "Immigrants and Minorities" and "Journal
of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era."
The event is sponsored
by the UW-River Falls History and Philosophy Department and funded by
the Peterson Lecture Series Endowment Fund and the Walker D. and Helen
Bryant Wyman Visiting Professorship in History
For more information, visit https://www.uwrf.edu/HIST/Events/PetersonLectureSeries/Index.cfm or call the History
and Philosophy Department at 715-425-3164.