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Looking back at World War I

Dr. Carolyn Day

Dr. Carolyn Day

World War I, which began in 1914 and lasted four years, was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.

Furman history professor Carolyn Day will examine how the missing and the dead were treated during and after World War I as well as look at the continuing efforts to honor the soldiers who gave their lives when she speaks at the university’s High Noon spring lecture series Wednesday, April 1 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.

Her lecture, “And Also for his Brother: Grief and the Missing in World War I,” begins at noon.  It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Day’s talk is the third of four High Noon lectures presented by Furman professors during the spring.

On the evening of August 4, 1914, as time expired on Britain’s ultimatum to Germany, the British foreign minister Sir Edward Grey observed that “the lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our time.” Given the tragedy of the next four years, when not only the lamps but also the lives of millions were extinguished, that proved to be all too true.

Day joined the Furman history faculty in 2012.  She teaches courses in Modern Europe, Modern Britain and the History of Western Medicine.  A graduate of Louisiana State University, she received her M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and her Ph.D. from Tulane University.

The Upcountry History Museum/Furman is located at 540 Buncombe Street in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green area.

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Last updated March 23, 2015
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