Chemical Warfare in the Great War, topic of ASU history lecture

“Chemical Warfare in the Great War,” will be the topic of the Angelo State University History Department’s Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Drs. John Osterhout, Ralph Zehnder and Gregory Smith of ASU’s chemistry faculty will discuss the development and deployment of chemical weapons during World War I in the UC’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The three-year lecture series, which began in September 2015, is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant No. AC-226771-15. It commemorates World War I, also known as the “Great War,” and is co-organized by Drs. Christine Lamberson and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai of ASU’s history faculty.

Two other events are scheduled for the Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series in the spring:

7 p.m.  March 22: “Drafting for the World War and the World Series.” Dr. William Taylor, ASU assistant professor of security studies and Dr. David Dewar, ASU associate professor of history, will discuss the military draft and the role of baseball during the Great War era.

7 p.m. April 26: “In Sarajevo’s Shadow: World War I and the Lessons of History.” Dr. Adam R. Seipp, director of graduate studies at Texas A&M University and author of “Strangers in the Wild Place: Refugees, Americans and a German Town, 1945-1952,” will discuss what can be learned from the outcome and legacy of the Great War.

For more information, contact the history department at 325-942-2324 or; or go online to

Required disclaimer from Angelo State: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.