Music, History, and Culture in the Shadow of the Great War - Professor Karen Petrone
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Oct. 2 – Nov. 8, 2018
Music, History, and Culture in the Shadow of the Great War
Tuesday October 16th, 4:30 pm: "One Hundred Years of Commemorating the First World War in Europe and the United States"
Karen Petrone, UK Professor
Arts & Sciences – History; Gender & Women’s Studies; Jewish Studies
When the First World War ended, the citizens of all combatant states faced the grim tasks of memorializing their losses and interpreting the significance of the War in the public sphere. Countries approached these challenges in a wide variety of ways. Some commemorations emphasized the heroic aspects of the war, while others stressed the tragic loss of human life. And some countries avoided commemorating the War altogether. The focus of commemoration also changed over time; as events unfolded in the decades after the war, interpretations of the War changed with them. This survey will consider diverse approaches to commemorating the First World War across Europe and the United States and across the span of one hundred years.
Karen Petrone is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of Life Has Become More Joyous, Comrades: Celebrations in the Time of Stalin (2000) and The Great War in Russian Memory (2011), and has co-edited three books: The New Muscovite Cultural History (2009), Gender Politics and Mass Dictatorship (2011), and Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present (2014). Most recently, she has co-authored a textbook (with Kenneth Slepyan), The Soviet Union and Russia, 1939-1945: A History in Documents (2016), and she is currently at work on a book on war memory in Putin's Russia.
University of Kentucky, Niles Gallery - Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library
Co-sponsored by UK Opera Research Alliance and UK Opera Theatre
As the UK School of Music Opera Theatre gears up to present Silent Night - the international sensation honoring the centennial of World War I’s conclusion by recounting a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history - join us as the Musicology program hosts a number of lectures covering the musical, visual, literary, and cultural context of World War I. Then see the UK production of Silent Night Nov. 9-11 with a whole new appreciation!