Till the Boys Come Home: World War I’s impact on students, medicine and research at OSU

September 8, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Thompson Library, Room 165
WWI Photo

WhatAn OSU Founders Day panel discussion to commemorate the 100thanniversary of World War I

Where: Thompson Library, room 165

Panelists:
Bruno Cabanes- Professor of History
George Paulson- Professor Emeritus of Neurology
Tamar Chute- Professor and University Archivist

When: September 18 (Monday), 4-6 pm.

Panelists will discuss the different facets of the War’s violence on the battlefields and against ordinary citizens; the simultaneous scourge – the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 – that led to millions of deaths world-wide; and the monumental effect of both crises on OSU’s campus.
Light refreshments will be served.

Presentations:

Prof. Cabanes will discuss how World War I marks a major rupture in the history of modern warfare, precisely because it abolished any distinction between combatants and noncombatants. This lecture explores the different facets of war violence in 1914-1918: violence on the battlefields, violence against civilians, violence of the technology of warfare and violence of ideologies.

Prof. Paulson will discuss the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. More Ohioans, over 20,000, died from the “Great Plague” than were killed by the cannons and trench foot infections related to military service. As many as 50 million died worldwide when the lethal subtype of Influenza A swept across the globe. The Ohio State University closed from October 11 until November 12 and during that time; at least 200 affected students were treated in a makeshift hospital on the grounds. At least 7 students died, and so did several spouses and junior faculty members. The disaster of 1918 is not totally forgotten, of course, and its lessons remind us that each generation can expect to face the unexpected and will, of course, rise to meet it.

Prof. Chute will discuss the campus’ response World War I. Three days before the declaration of war, the OSU Board of Trustees wrote to the President of the United States, “The Faculty and Trustees pledge him their loyal support in his leadership.  The resource of the University…will be at his command.”  After the war President William Oxley Thompson noted, “It is probably true that not a single member of the teaching force failed in some degree to make a contribution to winning the War.”  This presentation will touch on the different ways Ohio State University’s faculty, staff, and students helped the war effort and the ways campus changed during and after the war.

Speakers:

Bruno Cabanes is the Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History at the Ohio State University. He is the author of several books on World War I, including The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism, 1918-1924 (Cambridge University Press, 2014), August 1914: France, the Great War and a Month that Changed the World Forever (Yale University Press, 2016) and The Great War and the American Experience (Gallimard, 2017).

George Paulson, MD, is a Professor Emeritus of Neurology. He was founder and first Chairman of the Department of Neurology, elected Chief of Staff of University Hospitals, and received distinguished teaching awards from the alumni and students of OSU Medical Center and from Riverside Hospital. He also has received Distinguished Service Award from OSU and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Duke Medical Center.  

Tamar Chute is University Archivist and Head of Archives (Professor) of the Ohio State University Libraries. As Head of Archives, she manages the University Archives, Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program, and the Ohio Congressional Archives. As University Archivist, she has given presentations on all aspects of university history, including the University’s founding, student traditions and activities, buildings on campus, and OSU then-and-now.  Tamar is co-author of The Ohio State University Trivia Book and has a regular column in the university’s alumni magazine. 

This event is sponsored by Ohio Staters, Inc. and University Libraries.

 
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