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The World Wars in American History and Literature

July 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - July 19, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

$578 – $1631

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

This course examines the two wars that shaped and reshaped the American experience of the 20th century. Team-taught by a historian and a literary scholar, the course will look at both the battlefield and domestic experience of the war, as well as the issues of civil-military relations, and the connection between our political principles and our military practices. It will consider historical and literary texts such as Wilson’s War Message and Fourteen Points; an African-American soldier’s letter home detailing discrimination in France during World War I; Carrie Chapman Catt’s Address to Congress; James Fahey’s diary of his WWII experiences; the Supreme Court’s Korematsu decision; stories of Ernest Hemingway and Philip Roth; Willa Cather’s One of Ours; and poetry by Marilyn Nelson and Robert Frost. An open book essay exam will require students to reflect on the principal themes of the course.

Instructors: Jennifer D. Keene (Chapman University) and Suzanne Brown (Dartmouth College)

Seminar Materials:


  • Audit (25 in-service hours): $578
  • Graduate credit (2 semester hours): $1156

Room & Board:

  • Double-occupancy air-conditioned room and all meals: $475

Participants should plan to check in at the Ashland University campus between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 14th.  The opening seminar session will begin promptly at 4:30 pm, followed by dinner.

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July 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
July 19, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
$578 – $1631
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