ST. LOUIS – As America observes the centenary of the beginning of World War I, Saint Louis University will host a one-day symposium Saturday, Sept. 20.


The event, hosted by SLU’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Center for International Studies, will take place from 9:30AM to 4:00PM at Pius XII Memorial Library on the campus of Saint Louis University. The symposium is free and open to the public.


Nil Santiáñez, professor of Spanish in the LLC Department, says the anniversary of the war’s outbreak is a good time to assess our connection with this haunting past.


“After 100 years the Great War still speaks to us.  We struggle to make sense of the war’s sheer vastness, the huge number of casualties and its industrial dimension,” Santiáñez said. “After four years of carnage, great dynastic empires fell, proletarian revolutions broke out, new nations were created and a new international global order emerged.” 


Through panel presentations and a round-table, scholars from various fields will explore the impact of the war on its time, and the importance of World War I to current times. Topics include colonial violence, modernist art and trauma.


The event is supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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  • Occurred Saturday, September 20th, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm


Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University

3650 Lindell Blvd
St Louis, MO 63108


Annie Smart