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WWI Eastern Front exhibition to open in March in Haricombe Gallery

Thursday, February 18, 2016

University of Kansas Libraries join KU’s commemoration of the centenary of World War I with the “Eastern Front 1914-1918: An exploration of the conflict” exhibition, installed in the Haricombe Gallery of Watson Library. The exhibition was developed in conjunction with the campus WWI Lecture Series, “Everyday Life on the Eastern Front.” The exhibition showcases the scholarship of an interdisciplinary selection of KU faculty and students and features a broad range of materials from KU Libraries’ International and Special Collections.

“KU Libraries faculty members Sally Haines, Geoff Husic and Jon Giullian shared their expertise in Slavic studies and their understanding of the Eastern Front and its impact on history and culture to select these materials,” said Sarah Goodwin Thiel, KU Libraries’ head of community engagement and exhibits program coordinator. “Items featured in the exhibition introduce viewers to the unique and often overlooked wartime conditions of the eastern front regions.”

Faculty and students are encouraged to visit “Eastern Front 1914-1918: An exploration of the conflict” in the Haricombe Gallery and to take advantage of the “Scholarship as Conversation” educational resources found there and on the Libraries Exhibits Program webpage. The instructional ideas, suggested by KU librarians, encourage student participation in the practices of debate, exchange and collaboration fundamental to the academic community.

“By highlighting the libraries’ extensive collection of Eastern Front materials, we hope to further the understanding of this tumultuous campaign and to support related research activities by students and scholars,” said Goodwin Thiel.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held in Watson Library Three West on March 4. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a presentation by KU Associate Professor Lorie Vanchena at 6:15 p.m. entitled, “Why Study WWI?” This event is free and open to the public; those who plan to attend should RSVP to Jennifer Muse at 785-864-8961 or

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