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"One in the Same" by Ernest Lucas McClees, Blog Comments Now Available, WWI America Immigrant Poetry, and Artist Soldiers at the Smithsonian

BruteThis Week's WWrite Featured Post:  This week's blog post features Eastern Kentucky University Veterans Studies and Humanities professor, retired U.S. Marine, and writer, Ernest Lucas McClees. Drawing parallels between today's and WWI-era propaganda, his post, "One in the Same," discusses the ways that media demonizes and dehumanizes the foreign enemy by targeting immigrant groups at home. McClees also gives readers another chance to visit Darryl Dillard's February post in which he wrote about the representation of African-American actors during WWI. Dillard and McClees both address the infamous "Destroy this Mad Brute" military poster (image, left) that shows a large ape-like creature, supposedly a German, grasping a white woman against her will.

To mark next week's historical election in France, the post comes from blog curator, Jennifer Orth-Veillon, who will discuss post-WWI French censorship ofFilm 538w PathsGlory original film and literature that portrayed overly-negative images of the war. The film, Paths of Glory, by Stanley Kubrick and Gabriel Chevallier 's book, Fear, were considered threats to France's vision of patriotism and triumph after the Armistice of 1918. (Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory).

Insert & upload images/pdf/ppt WWrite Blog Comment Feature Now Available! The Commission is excited to announce that it has authorized and enabled comments for the blog posts. Comments are a vital part of the WWrite project as the purpose of the blog is to expand and modernize the complex space of memory by featuring today's writers and scholars inspired by writing or events from WWI. We want WWrite to become a learning resource for students, teachers, writers, readers, artists, and anyone curious about writing's unique place in the Great War. We don't want you just to read, but also to engage with these writers and scholars. The comments allow discussions among the diverse readership, which will not only encourage a conversation about memory—it will also rehabilitate, construct, and create the memory that has been absent from current collective culture.

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World War I American Immigrant Poetry - A Digital Humanities Project The WWrite find of the week! As Ernest Lucas McClees wrote in his postImmigrantwriter 327133598 this week, Eastern European immigrants were targets of xenophobic fear as the U.S. tried to recruit support for the war effort. 
Lorie A. Vanchena, associate professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Kansas, has been working on this very question in her project,
World War I American Immigrant Poetry - A Digital Humanities Projectconstructing an impressive and original project about WWI American poetry. 
Poems written in response to World War I by immigrants in the United States constitute a broad range of commentary on the war. The poems exist primarily in print format and are widely dispersed throughout North America. The World War I American Immigrant Poetry Digital Humanities project at the University of Kansas creates a single source for these poems as well as for accompanying scholarly annotations and contextual material. Her team seeks to preserve these historical voices by making the poetry available online to academics, teachers, students, and the general public. Furthermore, this scholarly edition aims to shed light on the historical, national, cultural, and ethnic contexts in which the poems were written and to demonstrate that this poetry can help the public understand how World War I continues to shape the world today. (Photo, left: The writer during the moment of creative inspiration, Eugene Ivanov | Shutterstock).

This Digital Humanities research project was inspired in part by Vanchena's involvement with the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration, a multiyear initiative coordinated by the European Studies Program that explores the historical dimensions of the war as well as ways it can inform understanding of more recent conflicts. Her scholarly interests intersect in this project: the tradition of German political poetry written in response to war, revolution, and political crisis, and German immigrant culture in the U.S., more specifically the process by which German cultural material is transformed in the United States.

Air Space 13 600Soldier Artists at the Smithsonian The WWI Centennial has introduced Incredible modes and methods of artistic expression during war.The Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC have been busy telling these stories. They have created no fewer than five new exhibitions that opened this month. The new "Artist Soldiers"  exhibit at the National Air & Space Museum shows artwork from the "Great Eight" combat artists who served with the American Expeditionary Force. It also showcases photos of remarkable artwork and carved graffiti that common soldiers from World War I left behind, while waiting out bombardments in caves and mines. The Smithsonian Air & Space curatorial team have just  finished the new on-line version of the exhibition. Dr. Peter Jakab, Ph.D. the Chief Curator of the National Air and Space Museum, took particular interest in creating this exhibition, and took some time to tell the WWI Centennial Commission about it (image left, underground carved WWI graffiti).

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