VIU ElderCollege mini-symposium about WW1 open for everyone

Three speakers give presentations on Great War presented Saturday in Parksville at the Civic & Technology Centre

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War and there is no better time than now to continue learning about this world-changing event.

One way to do this is on Saturday Oct. 25 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the lecture “Three Perspectives on the First World War: a Mini-Symposium.”

As stated in a news release, this part of the VIU ElderCollege’s Saturday Speaker series, this full morning session will see instructors Stephen Davies, David Hobson and Elizabeth Marsland offer different perspectives on the war as viewed by contemporaries.

Davies will present his lecture “In their own words: Letters from the First World War,” which allows us to view the war through the eyes of soldiers, and learn about VIU’s Canadian Letters and Images Project. There will also be a local focus with a look at how the Island learned about, reacted and contributed to the war in Hobson’s talk “Vancouver Island and the War.” Finally, Marsland will show how a comparison of English and German poetry offers insights into popular views and attitudes about the Great War in Germany at the time of conflict with “English and German Poetry of the War.”

The symposium will be held in the Forum on the main floor of VIU’s Parksville campus (located in the Parksville Civic & Technology Centre).

Everyone is welcome to attend and tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. Coffee will be provided mid-morning, and there is the option of joining the speakers for lunch (at your own expense) after the talks.

For more information, call 1-866-734-6252

 

— NEWS Staff / VIU