Symposium on “Dixie’s Great War: World War I and the American South,” to be held Friday, October 6, 2017

This image is a pretty bad graphic showing three views of WWI camps in Alabama.Register today and plan to attend the one-day symposium, “Dixie’s Great War: World War I and the American South,” to be held Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Ferguson Center Great Hall on The University of Alabama’s campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

This image shows Don Williams, an Alabama soldier killed in World War I, in uniform, kneeling, holding a 1903 Springfield Rifle with bayonet attached.

The Dixie’s Great War symposium, hosted by the Summersell Center for the Study of the South, “is considered to be the largest conference in the country on World War I and the South,” says John Giggie, Associate Professor and Director of the Summersell Center for the Study of the South at The University of Alabama.

This program, cohosted by Professor John Giggie and Professor Andrew Huebner, will feature internationally renowned scholars of the First World War from around the country:

  • Mobilizing for the Great War — Jennifer Keene, Chapman University; Ross Kennedy, Illinois State University; Michael Neiberg, US Army War College
  • Fighting the Great War Over Here — Jessica Adler, Florida International University; Nancy Bristow, University of Puget Sound; Martin Olliff, Troy University
  • Fighting the Great War Over There — Ruth Truss, University of Montevallo; Kara Dixon Vuic, Texas Christian University; Chad Williams, Brandeis University
  • Finding Meaning in the Great War — Jonathan Ebel, University of Illinois; Derryn Moten, Alabama State University; Steven Trout, University of South Alabama

Panels will focus on the war’s political, social and cultural impact on the South in general as well as Alabama in particular.

The symposium is free and open to the public, though registration is required. A reception will follow the closing of the last session, and books by the participating scholars will be available for purchase.

To register or view the agenda, please visit

For more information, please contact Sea Talantis at or 205-348-3014, or Lauren Lewis at or 205-348-6222.