Rothermere American Institute: Great War lectures and film series 2017

Rothermere American Institute (RAI), South Parks Road

The Rothermere American Institute‘s 2017 lecture series focusses on America and the Great War.

Tuesday 7th February 2017, 4pm
Dr Jennifer Keene, Chapman University
‘“Deeds Not Words”: American Social Justice Movements and World War One’

There will be a special Seminar for Masters and DPhil students and Early Career Researchers with Professor Jennifer Keene on Tuesday 7 February, 11-12.30pm, in Seminar Room 1 at the RAI. Please sign up here: The provisional reading is available from Alice Kelly – please come to the seminar with some questions/points to raise about America’s involvement in WWI. There will be coffee and great discussion.

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 4pm
Professor David Lubin, Wake Forest University
“O Say Can You See”? Art, Propaganda, and the First World War
There will be a bookstand provided by OUP and the lecture will be followed by a book-signing.

We have organised a Graduate & ECR Masterclass with Professor David Lubin on Friday 3 March, 3-4.30pm, in Seminar Room 1 at the RAI. Please sign up by Tuesday 28 February here: There will be coffee and great discussion! For the short provisional reading, please email:

Tuesday 25th April, 4pm
Dr Christopher Capozzola, MIT
The Nye Commission and America’s Entry into World War One

Tuesday 9th May 2017, 4pm
Professor Margaret MacMillan, St Antony’s College, Oxford
America and the Treaty of Versailles

Download poster here: Great War lecture series

The RAI Goes to the Movies: An American First World War Centenary Series

A film series exploring what the American people were watching during and after the First World War, on the following Mondays at 5pm, Rothermere American Institute.

Hilary 2017
13 February (Week 5): Shoulder Arms (1918, dir. Charlie Chaplin, 46 mins) Introduced by Dr Alice Kelly
27 February (Week 7): The Big Parade (1925, dir. King Vidor, 141 mins) Introduced by Dr Michael Hammond

Trinity 2017
1 May (Week 2): Wings (1927, dir. William Wellman, 144 mins) Introduced by Jack Doyle
15 May (Week 4): Sergeant York (1941, dir. Howard Hawks, 134 mins) Introduced by Professor Adrian Gregory

Discussion to follow each film. Popcorn will be served.

Download poster here: RAI WW1 film series