"Soldier Boys of Texas: A Texas Infantry Regiment in World War I"
Executive Council Discussion Series
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
7:00 P.M. BLB 180
By Dr. Gregory W. Ball
United States Air Force History and Museums Program Command Historian
24th Air Force, Lackland AFB
Dr. Greg Ball will discuss his book, They Called Them Soldier Boys, which offers an in-depth study of soldiers of the Texas National Guard’s Seventh Texas Infantry Regiment in World War I, through their recruitment, training, journey to France, combat, and their return home. Dr. Ball focuses on the fourteen counties in North, Northwest, and West Texas where officers recruited the regiment’s soldiers in the summer of 1917, and how those counties compared with the rest of the state in terms of political, social, and economic attitudes. In September 1917 the “Soldier Boys” trained at Camp Bowie, near Fort Worth, Texas, until the War Department combined the Seventh Texas with the First Oklahoma Infantry to form the 142ndInfantry Regiment of the 36th Division. In early October 1918, the 142nd Infantry, including more than 600 original members of the Seventh Texas, was assigned to the French Fourth Army in the Champagne region and went into combat for the first time on October 6. Dr. Ball explores the combat experiences of those Texas soldiers in detail up through the armistice of November 11, 1918.
After serving in the United States Air Force from 1995 to 2006, Dr. Ball earned his PhD in 2010 at the University of North Texas after completing his work under the direction of Professor Randolph (Mike) Campbell. While composing his dissertation, Dr. Ball worked for the United States Air Force History and Museums Program as a Staff Historian in the Air National Guard History Program (2009-2011). In 2011, he assumed duties as the Command Historian of the 24th Air Force at Lackland AFB. Dr. Ball currently serves in the United States Air Force Reserve. He is the author of several journal articles and reviews. His current project is a book on the 90th Division’s Texas Brigade in World War I.
"The War that Nearly Destroyed Israel? A Soldier's and Historian's Account of the Yom Kippur War."
Wednesday October 23, 2013 at 4:00pm
Eagle Student Services Center # 255
The UNT Jewish Studies Program presents “The War that Nearly Destroyed Israel? A Soldier’s and Historian’s Account of the Yom Kippur War, ” a talk by Professor Yoav Gelber, Head of the Nevzlin Center for Jewish Peoplehood, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel. The event will take place in the Eagle Student Services Center #255 (1147 Union Circle, Denton, TX 76201.) This talk is free and open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 940-369-8926. The talk, followed by a Q &A, is cosponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth, the Leo and Rhea Fay Fruhman Foundation, the UNT College of Arts and Sciences, and North Texas Hillel.
The 31st Annual Alfred and Johanna Hurley Military History Seminar
“The National Security Implications of the Kennedy Assassination”
Saturday November 2, 2013 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Please join us on Saturday November 2nd for the 31st Annual Alfred and Johanna Military History Seminar. The seminar will take place from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Gateway Center located at 801 North Texas Blvd. Denton, Texas 76203. This year’s topic will be “The National Security Implications of the Kennedy Assassination.” We will be welcoming guest Speakers David Kaiser “Crime, Covert Action, and the Kennedy Assassination” and Thurston Clarke “John F. Kennedy’s Last hundred Days.”
Thurston Clarke is author of JFK’s Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and Emergence of a Great President. He is the author of 10 other works of fiction that have gone on to be the basis of CBS documentaries and NBC miniseries. He is also the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and has published articles in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the Washington Post.
David Kaiser was a professor at the Naval War College’s Department of Strategy and Policy from 1990 to 2012. He has also taught at Carnegie Mellon, Williams College, and Harvard University. He also writes a blog. A link to his blog can be found below.
Registrations is $50.00 for the general public and $40.00 for UNT students and does include lunch. Students may register for free but will not be served lunch. Students wishing to register for free will need to register in person with Marie Watkins in Wooten Hall room 267B, or at the front desk of the History Department office.Online registration is provided by the Texas State Historical Association at https://tshasecurepay.com/
" Public Memory of WWII in the Soviet Union: Forging a Common Glory"
Monday November 4, 2013
Wooten Hall 122
The Second World War—known in the former Soviet Union as the Great Patriotic War—holds an almost sacred place in Russian commemorative culture. Nearly 27 million Soviet citizens lost their lives in the conflict, and, beginning in the mid-1960s, the war became the object of a state-orchestrated cult, a form of which persists to this day. This lecture will consider public memory of the war in the Soviet Union, focusing in particular on the meaning of Soviet war memory for Soviet political elites, and how those elites sought to mobilize the war's memory in order to forge a coherent sense of common “Soviet” identity. In the process, the lecture will touch on the unique challenges that historians face in the study of social memory.
About the Speaker: Jonathan Brunstedt is an adjunct assistant professor at Southern Methodist University. He received his PhD in Modern History in 2011 from the University of Oxford and is currently preparing a book manuscript titled Imagining the Soviet Nation: Cultural Memory of the Great Patriotic War and the Limits of Russian Nationalism. He has previously served as a visiting scholar at Moscow State University and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, and has held teaching posts at Florida State University, Swansea University, and Hertford College, Oxford.
Mexican American History Lecture
Beatriz de la Garza
Black History Lecture
“Cooking in Other Women’s Kitchens”
Dr. Rebecca Sharpless
Tentative: Tuesday February 25, 2014
* More information to come