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International Seminar Series: Woodrow Wilson and the Impact of the United States on World War I
Title of Presentation: Woodrow Wilson and the Impact of the United States on World War I
Speaker: Ross A. Kennedy, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of History, Illinois State University
Presentation Overview: The United States entered the First World War late, almost three years after the conflict began, and its belligerency was relatively brief, lasting only about nineteenth months. But the United States had an enormous impact on the conflict. American policies under Woodrow Wilson from 1914 on heavily influenced the balance of power between the Allies and the Central Powers and, consequently, key decisions made in London, Paris, and Berlin. This talk will examine those choices and the relationship of the United States to them, and then briefly discuss the structure of the international system that emerged from the war.
Speaker Bio: Ross A. Kennedy is the author of The Will to Believe: Woodrow Wilson, World War I, and America’s Strategy for Peace and Security (Kent State, 2009) and the editor of A Companion to Woodrow Wilson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). He has written extensively on American domestic politics and foreign policy during World War I. Kennedy’s current project, entitled The United States and the Origins of World War II, analyzes how the policies of the United States contributed to the structure of Great Power politics from 1918 to 1939. He teaches at Illinois State University, where he is a Professor of History and Chair of the History Department.
Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.
Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.
International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The spring 2018 series will focus on Europe in a global context.