The Kishwaukee College Library will host a presentation by historian Jim Gibbons on World War I, titled "A World Gone Mad," on Feb. 15
Gibbon’s presentation is the first in the Library’s World War I and America series which will continue throughout the spring semester. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room A1225 in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Gibbons will examine significant events that thrust the United States into the war which started on July 28, 1914. The U.S. entered the war in 1917, one hundred years ago this year. Gibbons will cover how new weapons for war were first introduced with the aim to achieve ultimate victory – the airplane, the submarine, the aircraft carrier and the tank. The pivotal events he will cover include the Assassination of the Arch Duke Ferdinand (which started the war), the sinking of the luxury ocean liner Lusitania and, due to arrogant missteps, the eventual rise of Adolph Hitler to supreme power, leading into World War II.
This programming is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of the Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information on the World War I and America series at Kishwaukee College, contact Anne-Marie Green, Interim Dean of Library and Academic Support, at 815-825-9443 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/wwi.