History Department hosts Humanities Month program

Theatre Program presents student performances based on War Stories

By Sydney Faison
On October 26, 2018

Photo by Ian Saint: ASU is putting on its first annual Humanities Month. This week’s presentation included the telling of stories of men and women from Tom Green county and their experiences in the armed forces.

The Department of History is sponsoring the first Humanities Month program. War Stories of Service was performed on Oct. 16 at the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building in the Eldon Black Recital Hall.

"War Stories: A Dramatic Interpretation" was performed by the Theatre Department. Professor Ashley Meyer and Daniel Anderson directed the theatre program performance. The event was free to all who attended.

The program this year is partially sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The History Department was awarded a three-year $99,982 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Theatre Department combined different war stories. The performance showcased what the men and women went through during the time of war.

Each year, faculty members within the College of Arts and Humanities select a theme, and each department presents on that theme during a designated month.

Christine Lamberson, associate professor for the department of history, teaches a course about U.S. history, crime and violence, globalization, American politics and social movements. Lamberson is the co-director of "War Stories: West Texans and the Experience of War from World War I to the Present."

"This event showcases the College of Arts and Humanities," Lamberson said. "The hard work of the faculty and students are brought to life through these events."

This year, the theme is "War Stories," based on the collection of material collected by Department of History faculty and students over the course of the past four years.

"A lot of people get bothered by violence and graphic events from Vietnam," Anisa Galvan, junior, said. "We need to be informed and what better way to be informed through performing arts."

Dr. William Taylor, associate professor for the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice, discussed his presentation titled "War Stories, Military Service, and American Society."

Dr. Matthew Gritter, associate professor for the Department of Political Science and Philosophy, discussed his presentation titled "‘We Are All Green, We’re All Blue’: War Stories, West Texas, and Latinos."

The project is working to preserve and present the experiences of military veterans and their families by digitizing their photographs, letters, and other memorabilia as well as interviewing them.

Upcoming events include Great War Series: "‘Oh Boy, That’s the Girl!’: Women and the Great War." At the second Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series event of the fall 2018 semester, new speakers will discuss the experiences of women during and after the Great War.

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