Posted by Paul Baker on March 24, 2017
AURORA, Ill. — April 6, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. While not an easy decision for the country – most Americans preferred to remain neutral – it was decisive, enabling the Allies to achieve victory over the Central Powers in November 1918.
The United States emerged from the war with its isolationist tendencies intact, but ultimately a second and more devastating global conflict launched the country on its career as a dominant world power.
Frank Buscher, a historian and vice president of academic affairs at Aurora University, will explore the consequences of that decision in “Laying the Foundations for the ‘American Century’: The U.S. Entry into the First World War” on the evening of April 6 as part of the university’s ongoing Faculty Speaker Series.
Buscher has a distinguished record as a teacher, researcher and scholar, particularly in the area of war crimes, a topic on which he has published extensively. He received both his doctorate in modern European history and his master’s degree in history from Marquette University.
What: “Laying the Foundations for the ‘American Century’: The U.S. Entry into the First World War”
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Schingoethe Center, Tapper Recital Hall, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora
The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend. To register, please go to www.auartsandideas.com.