When World War I began in 1914 the United States proclaimed that it would follow a policy of strict neutrality âin thought and deed,â and President Wilson firmly believed that peace was the only course of action needed to resolve the European conflict. Â Many Americans felt the same way, but as the warâs atrocities, both fictional and real, were publicized, some politicians and military leaders began to voice their support for military intervention. Â After the United States declared war against Germany on April 6, 1917 the country witnessed a dramatic mobilization of industry and financial resources to produce trained soldiers, food, munitions, and equipment which were in short supply at the start of Americaâs involvement. Â The federal government set up hundreds of temporary agencies with over a million new employees to help redirect the nationâs economy. Â Americaâs sheet music industry joined forces with the U.S. Committee on Public Information to help sell the ideals of patriotism, sacrifice, and volunteerism to the American public as the only way to win this war. Â This special exhibition from the Smithsonian Institutionâs National Museum of American History depicts the diverse portrayals of soldiersâ lives, recruitment of African-American soldiers, womenâs support for the war effort, and the countryâs financial and personal sacrifice through the melodies, lyrics and graphic illustrations of sheet music that were produced between 1917 and 1919.Visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousaÂ for more information.
Free prescreening of the film The Theory of Everything at the Savoy 16 IMAX this Monday night at 7:30, hosted by the U. of I. Department of Physics. The film is a biography of Stephen Hawking, the famous physicistâHawking has lauded the lead actorâs portrayal of him. This event is for University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students (and particularly for those in scientific fields). Must present your i-card to gain admittance.
On Christmas Eve 1914, amidst the ravages of World War Iâs Western Front, soldiers from Allied and German forces laid down arms and stepped into No Manâs Land to gather fallen comrades, break bread, and share a moment of humanity. In this 100th anniversary year, the nine-member, all-male, a cappella powerhouse Cantus joins forces with a trio of actors from Theater LattÃ© Da, the Minneapolis-based company, combining music and story to illuminate the breadth and depth of the human experience. They call upon patriotic tunes, trench songs, holiday carols, and a narrative woven from letters and war documents to conjure a dramatic rendering of this extraordinary night.
The Interdisciplinary Working Group in the Humanities is hosting a town hall meeting on Monday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 314B of the Illini Union. The working group began meeting last fall to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the humanities at Illinois and generated a preliminary list of recommendations: http://go.illinois.edu/HumanitiesRecommendations. Their current efforts and recommendations will form the topics for discussion at the meeting. We invite your participation and input on the future of humanities research on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
Please feel free to contact a member of the committee with questions or concerns. For a list of members, see: http://www.research.illinois.edu/about/committees.cfm).