The theme of “World War I: Legacies of a Forgotten War” was chosen by Humanities Nebraska, since 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I.
Five scholars will appear as key WWI historic figures to discuss how the Great War led to changes in America’s role in international relations, its impact on race, gender and class issues, and how new technology shaped the War. The scholars will portray first-person impressions of President Woodrow Wilson, Nebraska politician William Jennings Bryan, humanitarian Jane Addams, author Edith Wharton, and sociologist/activist W.E.B. DuBois.
Each evening, audiences will gather to enjoy local music and entertainment followed by a presentation by one of the four Chautauqua performers, moderated by President Woodrow Wilson. Following a 40 minute presentation as his or her historic figure, audiences will be invited to ask questions of the scholars who will answer first as their respective historical figures and then as themselves.