UPDATE: The March 22 and April 19 events at Waterbury Senior Center have been cancelled. Events have been rescheduled for the fall at the Mattatuck Museum. Stay tuned for more information.
A group comprised of military veterans, American Studies students from Hartford-area colleges, and active duty personnel will evaluate and discuss readings from the World War I period, led by Marcus Lawson, instructor of history at Capital Community College and veteran, Dr. Carlita Cotton, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Goodwin College and veteran, and Dave Ionno, member for City of Hartford Veterans Committee. Topics will include the justification for/rejection of American involvement in war (WWI and subsequent conflicts), presenting opposing viewpoints in a comparison between Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations speech to the United States Senate in 1919, and Senator Henry Cabot Lodge’s subsequent response. The discussion of isolationism versus “making the world safe for democracy” may lead to exploration of America’s policy of “containment” of communism during The Cold War, and W.E.B DuBois’ “Close Ranks” examines the struggle for African-Americans to participate in the protection of a nation that does not treat them with equal respect. Additional suggested readings from the library’s collections will be available to participants for further exploration.