Conversation XVIII: World War I

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Conversation Space, 20/21 Gallery

This installation of works from the permanent collection features a selection from our deep holdings of graphic arts made during the First World War. The First World War officially began one hundred years ago, in 1914, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria, was assassinated, unleashing growing nationalist tensions. The exhibition serves as a backdrop for course offerings dealing with what has been called “The Great War" and sets the stage for an April 3, 2014 lecture about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand delivered by Nathan Wood, associate professor of history at the University of Kansas. The exhibition, which includes video clips depicting film footage from the First World War, is part of a campus-wide series of WWI Commemoration programs coordinated by the European Studies Program.


Selected exhibition images