Spring 2013 International Lecture Series – A Look Backward

A Look Backward: Conflict and Its Consequences in the Twentieth Century

Almost a century has passed since the outbreak of The Great War in 1914, the first in a series of twentieth century global conflicts. Looking backward this spring, the ILS will offer talks on various aspects of past hostilities. While those cataclysmic events deeply affected the people who perished or managed to survive, they also profoundly altered the future of the world. For example, the outcome of that First World War shaped the national boundaries and population distributions in the Middle East which continue as trouble spots today.


The lecture series will begin with a review of the causes of the Great War, examine post-Second World War adjustments to the onset of the Cold War, and conclude with consideration of the Vietnam War.

The three lectures of the series are:

Saturday, April 6, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Why the World Went to War in 1914

Speaker: Dr. John Dobson, Emeritus Professor of History, Oklahoma State University

Saturday, May 11, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.:  – German Rearmament and the Legacy of Its World War II Military

Speaker: Dr. Jim Joy, Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Senior Foreign Service Officer

Saturday, May 18, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.:  – The Vietnam War and Its Impact on Subsequent U.S. International Relations

Speaker: Bill Stewart, SF New Mexican columnist, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer & correspondent for Time magazine

Location for all three lectures: Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

You may purchase separate event tickets for $10 (CIR Member) and $12 (Non-member/Guest) using Paypal by clicking on the title of the postings or by calling the office at 982-4931.