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World War I's Long Shadow

The "war to end all wars" cast a long shadow across the twentieth century, serving as cause, catalyst, or key moment for all manner of modern messes. This exhibit, curated by Dr. Andrew Kellett, Associate Professor of History at Harford Community College, will take us through both the seismic shifts in the global balance of power that result and the dislocations of borders, people, and cultures.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. To reserve your seat, email haysheighe@harford.edu or call 443-412-2539.

The Hays-Heighe House is wheelchair accessible. Guests who require other accommodations should contact Linda Anthony at 443-412-2539 at least two weeks prior to the event.


October 11: Historical Debate Night II - Self Determination

Thursday, October 11
6:30-8 PM
Hays-Heighe House

Moderated by Stephanie Hallock, Professor of Political Science and Coordinator for Global Education and Engagement at HCC
After a little preparation on the topic – remember to prepare both positions! – join us for a friendly historical debate. Spectators are also welcome. As part of President Wilson’s Fourteen Points Speech in 1918, he proposed self-determination for national minorities. But while the right to be governed by one’s own consent, the right of a people to autonomous development, and the right of a region to territorial integrity all sound like fair and just principles, how does that really work?
Reservation strongly recommended.

October 16: Lecture – Mapping and Drawing National Borders

Tuesday, October 16
12:30-2 PM
Hays-Heighe House

Presented by Tamara Biegas, Assistant Professor of Geography at HCC
The conclusion of World War I saw the redrawing of many national borders; the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the packing together of the Balkans into Yugoslavia, and the re-emergence of Poland, to name a few. How well did the borders that were drawn represent divisions among people based on language or religion? Are heritage and identity based on more than that?
Reservations strongly recommended.

October 24: World War I and Modernism (Art)

Wednesday, October 24
2-3:30 PM
Hays-Heighe House

Presented by Jeff Ball, Associate Professor of Art History at HCC
The traumas and dislocations of World War I left their mark on the physical landscape, on traditional institutions, and on individual psyches. Looking particularly at modernism, art historian Jeff Ball will talk about the ways that reactions to the war interacted with existing movements in art and fueled the rise of new styles of expression.
Reservation strongly recommended.

November 1: Historical Debate Night III - Isolationism

Thursday, November 1
6:30-8 PM
Hays-Heighe House

Presented by James Karmel, Professor of History and Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at HCC
After a little preparation on the topic – remember to prepare both positions! – join us for a friendly historical debate. Spectators are also welcome. Had the “entangling alliances” that Thomas Jefferson warned Americans against been the cause of World War I in Europe, bringing that continent to its knees? Would participation during the interwar years in international organizations like the League of Nations be a remedy, or were such bodies and the treaties they produced further examples of entanglement? Has American isolationism over the past century been more about non-intervention or unilateralism?
Reservation strongly recommended.

November 15: Replaying the Paris Peace Conference

Thursday, November 15
6:30-8 PM
Hays-Heighe House

Moderated by Stephanie Hallock, Professor of Political Science and Coordinator for Global Education and Engagement at HCC
The key players at the Paris Peace Conference had a lot of work to do: treaties would need to be written involving several dozen countries and nationalities; “aggressor” countries would have their colonies re-assigned, their armies and navies disbanded, and have reparations payments assigned; new national boundaries would have to be drawn; and a League of Nations would have to be created. The Treaty of Versailles is often considered at best a failure, and at worst, a direct cause of World War II. Join us as we try to do better!
Reservation strongly recommended.

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