A Century of Glory and Shame – Mount Mercy reflects on World War I

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of World War I and Mount Mercy University invites the community to reflect on the legacy of The Great War during the university’s fall semester series: A Century of Glory and Shame.

From discussions on the flu pandemic to propaganda to the impact of the war in Iowa, the series offers a historical backdrop of interest to a variety of people. All events in A Century of Glory and Shame are free and open to the public.

“As an institution founded by the Sisters of Mercy, who have a key focus on nonviolence, it seems only appropriate that our campus explore the ripples this war created– ripples that continue to be felt today,” said Joe Sheller, Mount Mercy associate professor of communication and event organizer.

A Century of Glory and Shame kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 26 with a panel discussion at 7 p.m. in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall on Mount Mercy’s campus. The panel, consisting of faculty from across academic programs—communication, nursing, English, history and music—will discuss the historical and cultural legacy of WWI. Attendees are invited to the Busse Library after the panel for an introduction to historical displays and refreshments.

The semester-long series will run through Veterans Day, Nov.11.

“November 11 is also Armistice Day, the day WWI came to an end,” said Sheller. “We hope the community will embrace these free learning opportunities and reflect with us upon the aftermath of the war that launched the modern world.”

A Century of Glory and Shame events are listed on the university event calendar.

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