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A Look At The Great War…..

100 years later.

Jay Winter

Thursday March 26 at 7 p.m.

Prairie Room, Bone Student Center

Jay Winter, a World War I historian and Yale University professor, will speak about the war and its global impact.

The Great War 100 Years after: A Transnational Approach is the focus of Professor Winter’s talk.  He was co-producer, co-writer and chief historian for the PBS series The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, which won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary.

Speaking internationally on World War I and its impact on the globe, Winter is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books on World War I, including Socialism and the Challenge of War; Ideas and Politics in Britain, 1912-18; The Great War and the British People; The Fear of Population Decline; The Experience of World War I; Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History and 1914-1918; and The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century.  He is co-director of the project on Capital Cities at War: Paris, London, Berlin 1914-1919.  The effort has produced two volumes published by Cambridge University Press.

Earning a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and Ph.D. and DLitt degrees from Cambridge University, Winter taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Warwick and the University of Cambridge before joining the faculty of Columbia University in 2000 and then the Yale faculty one year later.  At Yale, his courses range from lectures on Europe in the age of total war and modern British history to seminars on history and memory as well as European identities.

Alums offer advice on how to survive student teaching



Department alums Sidney Comstock ’13 and Joshua Sutter ’13 recently shared their advice with current student teachers.

The Heart of Illinois (HOI) Secondary PDS Partnership, supplements the aspiring educators’ clinical experiences with “Friday focus meetings,” which are monthly informal learning sessions.  The forum allows student teachers to share their experiences and get answers to questions they might otherwise not have a chance to explore deeply during course work.

January’s topic, “Surviving Student Teaching,” featured five outstanding alumni educators who also participated in the HOI Secondary PDS within the past two years including two History-Social Sciences Education majors: Sidney Comstock ’13 and  Joshua Sutter ’13.

Founders Day 2015 special day for History Department

Two people from the History Department received top honors during Founders Day activities Thursday, February 19, 2015. At Convocation, Professor Larissa Kennedy received the Outstanding University Teaching Award and Dr. Sandra Harmon was named the E Burton Mercier Alumni Service Award winner at the Awards Recognition Dinner that evening.

Larissa award
The Outstanding University Teaching Award is given to “individuals who demonstrate the highest commitment to teaching and to student learning.” According to Department Chair, Anthony Crubaugh, “Professor Kennedy generates a positive and exciting learning environment, delivers well-organizes and intellectually substantive lessons and develops a strong rapport with undergraduates.”

Harmon award
The E. Burton Mercier Alumni Service Award recognizes the outstanding service of alumni to Illinois State University. A recipient’s significant volunteer efforts in service to the community, state, country, or an important social cause is also taken into consideration. Dr. Harmon, M.A. ’70, D.A. ’90 taught the first women’s history courses and helped create the Women’s Studies program at Illinois State University and endowed a scholarship in the department. Her selfless service extends beyond the university to the community. Many organizations have benefited from her service.

The Department congratulates Professor Kennedy and Dr. Harmon. We are proud of both of you!!

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