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The Great War and its Legacy, 1914-1918: Spring 2018 Programs

An informational guide to the programming series on the legacy of World War I beginning in Fall 2014 and concluding in Fall 2018. The series was co-sponsored by the OSU Library and OSU Department of History.

Spring 2018 Programs

Chilocco Military History

Dr. Jim Baker, Chilocco School

February 23, 2018 | 3:30-5:0 pm | Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library

Dr. Jim Baker will be speaking about Chilocco’s historical status as a boarding school that was also a National Guard training center.  Baker is Choctaw, an educator and former administrator of Chilocco who has served on their Alumni Board in various capacities.    

Jim Baker was born in Talihina, Oklahoma, and is full-blood Choctaw, as was his mother. He enlisted with Chilocco’s National Guard unit, Charlie Company; the militaristic, disciplined style of Chilocco gave him a considerable advantage in the Guard. After his training, he returned to Chilocco, attending Cowley County Community College, completed his degree, and then attended graduate school at Penn State University and Mississippi State University with a focus on educational technology. Jim’s passion for education led him to jobs with tribal programs in public schools, educational programs with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, administrative work in the college level, and a stint at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in Ohio, which sparked some of the programs he later established at Chilocco as superintendent. In 1973, he became the first and only Chilocco alum to hold that position. In 1978, he left Chilocco, taking a position in Washington, DC

Spain from the Great War to the Civil War

Dr. Isabel Alvarez-Sancho, Department of Languages and Literatures, OSU

March 27, 2018 | 3:30-5:00 pm | Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library

On August 7th, 1914, the government of King Alfonso XIII of Spain proclaimed: “Existing, unfortunately, a state of war between Austria, Hungary and Serbia, the Government of His Majesty believes its duty to command the strictest neutrality to Spanish subjects”. The country remained officially neutral for the whole duration of the Great War. However, Spain’s position has been called a “false neutrality,” and it is at least a nuanced one. This talk will explore Spain’s diplomatic and strategic role during the Great War and the effects that neutrality had on Spanish culture from 1914 to 1936, the beginning of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

Dr. Alvarez-Sancho is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Oklahoma State University, where she teaches and researches on 20th-and 21st-century Spanish Cultural Studies.  She is completing a monograph that analyzes literature written in exile after the Spanish Civil War. Her second book project studies formulations of the future in 21st century Spanish film. Dr. Alvarez-Sancho has a PhD in Hispanic Cultural Studies from Michigan State University. Originally from Spain, she taught Spanish for refugees in Spain and worked for the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) in Bosnia and Herzegovina before beginning her doctoral studies.

OAMC College Veterans and the Great War

David Peters, Archives, OSU Libraries

April 11, 2018 | 3:30-5:00 pm | Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library

David has worked at the Edmon Low Library since January 1986, serving first in the General Reference Department, later in Special Collections, then as supervisor of the Map Room. He returned to the Special Collections and University Archives department as coordinator of Special Collections in December 2000.