Press Release:

Angelo State University’s Department of History will host two separate installments of its Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, and Monday, March 26, on the ASU campus.

The March 22 installment is titled “Entertaining with Troops: Female Impersonation in World War I Service Shows.” Dr. Allison Robbins, associate professor of music at the University of Central Missouri, will discuss wartime entertainment at service shows during the Great War. She will examine how Army and Navy recruits impersonated women in stage productions, and argue that this had important implications for how the nation viewed its war-fighting capabilities.

Robbins’ presentation will take place in Room 100 of the ASU Cavness Science Building, 2460 Dena Drive, and is open free to the public.

The March 26 installment is titled “The Music of the Great War.” Dr. John Irish, ASU professor of music, will discuss the types of music popular among soldiers and civilians during the early 1900s. His presentation will take place in the ASU Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive, and is open free to the public.

One additional event is scheduled for the Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series this spring:

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, ASU Cavness Science Building: “The Armenian Genocide and America’s Responses: 1915 to the Present.” Dr. Julien S. Zarifian, associate professor of American history at the University of Cergy-Pontoise (France) and Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the University of Southern California, will discuss the Armenian Genocide and how America has reacted to that atrocity.

The three-year lecture series began in September 2015 to commemorate World War I, also known as the Great War, and is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant No. AC-226771-15. Dr. Christine Lamberson and Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai of ASU’s history faculty are co-organizers of the series, which is also co-sponsored by the ASU West Texas Collection and Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

Dr. Allison Robbins Photo Provided by ASU

Dr. John Irish Photo Provided by ASU