Americans at War: Experiencing World War I | News Release | City of Alexandria

Americans at War: Experiencing World War I”

The Lyceum
201 S. Washington St. 
August 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into the Great War, Dr. Jennifer Keene asks, “How did ordinary men and women experience World War I?” The Great War meant separation, combat, and loss for millions. Yet for others the war offered a chance for social advancement, adventure, and victory. Americans were part of this global story, experiencing the tragedy and triumph of World War I – a war that few Americans remember.

Jennifer D. Keene is a professor of history and chair of the History Department at Chapman University. She is also the current President of the Society of Military History. She has published three books and numerous articles on the American involvement in the First World War including Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001); World War I: The American Soldier Experience (2011); and The United States and the First World War (2000). In addition, she is the lead author for an American history textbook, Visions of America: A History of the United States that uses a visual approach to teaching students U.S. history. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship, including Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to France and Australia and Mellon Library of Congress Fellowship in International Studies. She has served as an historical consultant for exhibits and films, and was recently featured in the PBS documentary mini-series, The Great War. She is also a general editor for the peer-reviewed  “1914-1918-online—International Encyclopedia of the First World War,” a major digital humanities project.

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Tickets are $10 and may be purchased through www.alexandriava.gov/Shop; proceeds from the lecture will benefit education and artifact conservation at The Lyceum — Alexandria’s History Museum.  Doors will open for the program at 7 p.m., with the lecture at 7:30 p.m.; a book signing will follow the lecture.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format, e-mail Nicole.Quinn@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4554, Virginia Relay 711.

Image from “1914-1918-online—International Encyclopedia of the First World War”


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