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The past six months, professors at Valencia East Campus have been working hard to put together a six-week long speaker series that will commemorate the end of World War I. Each week, professors with diverse academic degrees will present different views of World War I at the speaker series titled The Culture and History of World War I.
Under the direction of Dr. Bill Gombash, a professor of speech, the speaker series will be presented every Tuesday from Oct. 9 through Nov. 13 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
“My hope is that everyone sees how complicated a topic like World War I can be. We can understand the war from a variety of different perspectives. Not just military point of views, but also through literature, gender issues, and influential point of views,” says Dr. Gombash.
The speaker series presents:
One thing that Professor Carl Creasman believes will stand out in his presentation is that “there is no bad guy who is guilty for the war. What I teach my students is that the proper statement is ‘either no country is guilty, or every participating country is guilty…but no one country or person is guilty”.
“I think something that I find the most interesting about World War I is how we got into the war. Everyone is kind of working to go into the war even though it was a deadly thing and there was a whole bunch of deaths. It’s just so terrible and it blows my mind that we did go into the war,” said 17-year-old dual-enrollment student Neena Shimada.
Both Valencia College students and faculty members are invited to attend the speaker series.
“I’m happy to see that the college is doing something to mark the centennial of the war’s end. World War 2 gets more attention than the first World War in America, most likely because we had less involvement in the first war,” Professor Eric Wallman shares.
“I definitely find the speaker series interesting. I like learning about history, and I really find everything helpful to my class. It’s really good to come and learn new stuff,” says Juan David Celis, 17-year-old dual-enrollment student.
In addition to the speaker series, Valencia College has a display showcasing books and films connected to World War I in the East Campus library.