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November 14, 2017 - Dr. Jonathan Roth - California Lutheran University

The Lundring Events Center, Thousand Oaks Campus 

 

By Bill Betten, Co-Director of the California WW1 Centennial Task Force

 

RACE AND ETHNICITY IN WORLD WAR I

a public reception of the

Library of America Oral History Project

with lecture presented by

Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.

 

On a typically brisk, but temperate California evening on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Dr. Jonathan Roth - California Lutheran University addressed a large audience with a topic he is most capable to speak upon, the racial and ethic relationships, standards, and history of the Great War, or World War One.

The evening was kicked off with a public reception for the Library of America Oral History Project. The project gave those in attendance the opportunity to experience the oral histories of actual WWI veterans as told to their sons and daughters and transcribed by California Lutheran University History students. Local California descendants of WW1 veterans shared their ancestor's stories along with displaying photographs and documents pf the member's wartime encounters.

The program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. It was the third activity of a three part series in association with the World War I and America project of the Library of Congress.

dr jonathan rothDr Roth gave insights on the wide ethnic field of participants in WW1, and the actual roles those people played in the war. It came as a surprise to many in the audience how far the war actually reached around the world and the many races involved. Dr. Roth pointed out how the war challenged social norms and established a new reality for the many races then under the rule of imperialism.

A History professor at San Jose State University, Dr. Roth is director of the Department's Burdick Military History Project. A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, he attended Georg-August University in Goettingen, Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York. Dr. Roth is a widely published author, and currently serves on the California World War I Centennial Task Force Managing Board in association with the United States World War I Centennial Commission.

 

 

 

 

California WW1 Centennial Task Force

 

Managing Board Co-Directors

Bill Betten
Sal Compagno
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Hugh E. Crooks, Jr.
Mike Hanlon
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.)
Prof. Jennifer Keene, Ph.D
Courtland Jindra
Dennis Matarrese
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Anthony Powell
Lester Probst
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.
Col. Fred Rutledge 

Northern California Committee

Sal Compagno
Mike Hanlon
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Lt. Col. Kenneth Nielsen
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)

Anthony Powell
Col. Fred Rutledge
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.

Southern California Committee

Bill Betten
Maria Carrillo
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.) 
Courtland Jindra
Lester Probst
Jeff Sharp

 Education Committee

Bill Betten, Master of Arts in Education, (Retired teacher DUSD, OUSD, AGUSD)
Lauren Weiss Bricker, Ph.D., Professor of Architecture at Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Scott Corbett, Ph.D, Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jennifer Keene, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Chapman University
Michael Powelson, Ph.D., Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jonathan Roth, Ph.D., Professor of History, SJSU, Burdick Military History Project Director [Committee Chair]
Miriam Raub Vivian, Ph.D.,  Professor of History, CSUB

Website Administrator

Bill Betten

 

Email: courtland.jindra@worldwar1centennial.org

Snail Mail:
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     330 Myrtlewood Dr.
     Calimesa, CA 92320

 

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