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UT’s Center for the Study of War and Society will remember the legacies of World War I with a series of events this spring.

The center recently received a $1,200 grant from the Library of America to support the program, which is part of statewide efforts coordinated by the Tennessee Great War Commission. Programming includes two talks April 6 at the Blount County Public Library and an April 7 program at UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 6, UT graduate student Robert Rennie will present “Aviation During World War I” at the Blount County Public Library, 508 North Cusick Street, Maryville. At 6:30 p.m. at the library, Vejas Liulevicus, Lindsay Young Professor and director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, and Ernest Freeberg, head of the UT Department of History, will present the “World War I Centennial Event.”

The McClung Museum will host a First Friday Open House on World War I from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 7. The open house is a casual drop-in event that will showcase the museum’s World War I objects. Participants should meet museum staff in the Object Study Room, Room 53, located on the lower floor. The museum’s address is 1327 Circle Park Drive.

In February, the Center for the Study of War and Society hosted a lecture about the role of 380,000 black soldiers who fought and labored in the US Army during the conflict. It highlighted the legacy and struggles of the solders on and off the battlefield, at home and abroad.

For more information about the Center for the Study of War and Society, visit its website.


Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,

Vejas Liulevicus (865-974-7320,