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Ideas and Images series to kick off with talk on impact of World War I on St. Augustine

Aug 21, 2017

Flagler College will kick-off its series Ideas & Images: Scholars and Artists-in-Residence with a talk on “The Impact of the Great War on St. Augustine: America’s European City” on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Dr. Helmut Flachenecker, professor for Regional History-Franconian Region and director of Research Center at University of Würzburg in Germany, will deliver the lecture in the college’s Flagler Room in Ponce de Leon Hall, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

His talk will explore the implications of World War I on St. Augustine, as well as the influence of media and the town’s geographic location on locals’ perception of the war. Flachenecker will also draw comparisons between Kent, Ohio and his hometown of Wurzburg, Germany to illuminate counter positions on wars.

The speaker is a former visiting professor at Flagler College.

Flagler College’s Ideas & Images: Scholars and Artists-in-Residence program brings nationally and internationally-renowned experts to the campus, building on a tradition established when Henry Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon served as an inspiration for stories, a haven for new ideas, a canvas for artistic endeavors, a showcase for new technology and a setting for athletic competitions. In its first decade, nearly 100 scholars and artists have participated in the program.

Other Ideas & Images talks for the upcoming academic year include:

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College
“Sunk by a Hurricane:  The Discovery and Exploration of Three Deepwater Shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico”

Dr. James Delgado, Senior Vice President, SEARCH, Inc. and former Director of Maritime Heritage, National Marine Sanctuaries Program, NOAA

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Flagler Room, Ponce de Leon Hall
"Nationalism, Sectarianism, and Identity Politics in the Middle East: Reconsidering the Legacy of the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916” 

Robert J. Riggs, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Chair of B.A. program in Religion and Politics and Assistant Professor in the M.A. program in Global Development and Peace, University of Bridgeport

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Flagler Room, Ponce de Leon Hall
“American Women and the Russian Revolution – Then and Now”

Laurie S. Stoff, Ph.D., Senior Honors Faculty Fellow, Barrett, The Honors College
Faculty Affiliate, Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College
“From the Soviet Union to Putin’s Russia:  A Journalist’s Perspective”

Andrew Nagorski, Former Senior Editor of Newsweek International and former vice president and director of public policy for the East/West Institute

Sponsors for the series include: Casa Monica Hotel, National Park Service, Florida Humanities Council, Flagler College, Tourist Development Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, The Joy McCann Foundation, Florida Trust, St. Augustine Ponte Vedra Florida’s Historic Coast, St. Augustine Yacht Club, Flagler College Bookstore, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Florida National Guard and Margaret Domini.

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