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Director: Mysoon Rizk, PhD
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Remembering World War I

A series of programs from the UT College of Arts and Letters commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI co-sponsored by the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities; the Department of World Languages and Cultures; the Department of Theatre and Film; and University Libraries

World War I Exhibition

Monday, Oct. 8 to Friday, Dec. 14
William S. Carlson Library Main Lobby

Discover WWI artifacts and photographs from the collections of Richard Oliver and the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.

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From Novel to Play

Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.
Carlson Library Room 1005

Matt Foss, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theatre at The University of Toledo

Dr. Foss will showcase his upcoming theatre adaptation of the famous novel All Quiet on the Western Front with a selection of readings performed by members of the cast. He will discuss the novel, its adaptation and how it was brought to life on the stage. The program will conclude with the screening of the documentary The Women of World War One from the Carlson Library collection.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Theatre Production: All Quiet on the Western Front

Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.

Center for the Performing Arts Center Theatre

Written and directed by Matt Foss, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theatre at The University of Toledo

In this world-premiere adaptation of the English translation of Erich Maria Remarque’s famous novel, audiences are introduced to the story of Paul Baumer and the 2nd Company as they fight and survive along the western front during the last year of the war.

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The Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities Symposium: Memories of World War I

Friday, Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Carlson Library Room 1005

Friederike Emonds, PhD, Associate Professor of German at The University of Toledo
Mysoon Rizk, PhD, Professor of Art History and Director of the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities at The University of Toledo

Join a free, public symposium exploring the effects and cultural representations of WWI. Clustered around three over-arching concepts, “Impact, Identity, Innovation,” the day is divided into two morning sessions and one afternoon session. The papers offer a wide variety of topics, ranging from local, national and international history to art, music, theater, gender, cross-dressing, and memory culture.

Conference participants include UT faculty Steven Bare, James Campbell, Friederike Emonds, Barbara Floyd, Matt Forte, Matt Foss, Thor J. Mednick, Linda Marie Rouillard, and Dale Snauwaert. Community members Michael McMaster, Richard Oliver and Paula Reich also will present.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Carlson Library Room 1005

Watch a film adaptation, in English, of the famous German novel All Quiet on the Western Front.



Are you interested in learning more about World War I? Here is a list of recommended readings: 

    • Under Fire, Henri Barbusse (trans. from the original French Le Feu: journal d'une escouade, 1916)
    • The Return of the SoldierRebecca West (1918)
    • Three Soldiers, John Dos Passos (1921)
    • Drums in the Night, Bertolt Brecht (trans. fr. the original German Trommeln in der Nacht, first performed 1922)
    • The Enormous Room, e.e. cummings (1922)
    • The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann (trans. fr. the orig. German Der Zauberberg, 1924)
    • Parade’s End, Ford Madox Ford (1924)
    • Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf (1925)
    • All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (trans. fr. the orig. German Im Westen nichts Neues, 1928)
    • A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway (1929)
    • Goodbye to All That, Robert Graves (1929)
    • Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, Siegfried Sassoon (1930)
    • Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain (1933)
    • The Regeneration Trilogy, Pat Barker (2014)
    • On War and Writing, Samuel Hynes (2018)

For more information about the war, here are a few useful links:



Last Updated: 11/7/18