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March 20, 2006

War and Nation Building Conference at Farmingdale State

Farmingdale State University of New York will host a daylong multidisciplinary conference, "War and Nation Building in the 20th Century," from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

Almost five years after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it has never been more important to examine our historical efforts in war and nation-building.  The conference will explore the historical, economic, philosophic, literary, film and media responses to war and/or peacekeeping over the past century.  An international and national group of scholars from varied disciplines representing Columbia University, Farmingdale State, the University of Venice and the University of Michigan and others will present papers on topics that range from World War I to the Bosnian Conflict.

There will be two concurrent panels scheduled throughout the day under the general headings of War and the Birth of the 20th Century, War and Culture, Between the Wars, World War II, and New World Order. Session titles include: "Re-Adjustment and Americanization Following the First World War," "Misrepresenting Patriotism and Suppressing Dissent," "Sisters in Arms: Gender and Nationality in Polish Military Forces..." and "German Catholics and Peace During the Weimar Republic."  A complete listing of sessions will be posted at www.farmingdale.edu closer to the event. A luncheon is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Open to the public but of special interest to educators, the admission price of $40 includes lunch, coffee breaks and admission to all sessions. Please call Dr. Marlene Groner, Department of English, at 631-420-2656 for further information or click onto http://www.farmingdale.edu/~vogelrm/wnbuild.htm.

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