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The following are events related to A Farewell to Arms, or one of its many themes. If you have an event to add, please email

The Unvanquished: An Evening with James Nachtwey

Update: this event has been postponed to Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
7 p.m. 
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

James Nachtwey, one of the world’s foremost war photographers, will present the keynote lecture for the University of Kansas’s Common Book Program. During his lecture, Nachtwey will talk about how Hemingway has influenced him personally and how his work is in conversation with themes in Hemingway’s novels, in particular A Farewell to Arms.  He will share images of war wounded. Influenced by images of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, Nachtwey began a career in photography in 1980, after teaching himself to take photographs. He is a contract photographer for Time magazine and has also shot extensively for National Geographic.

An Evening with Chad Williams, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies, Brandeis University and author of Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
7 p.m. 
The Commons, Spooner Hall

"For the 380,000 African American soldiers who fought in World War I, Woodrow Wilson's charge to make the world 'safe for democracy' carried life-or-death meaning. Chad L. Williams reveals the central role of African American soldiers in the global conflict and how they, along with race activists and ordinary citizens, committed to fighting for democracy at home and beyond. Using a diverse range of sources, Torchbearers of Democracy reclaims the legacy of African American soldiers and veterans and connects their history to issues such as the obligations of citizenship, combat, and labor, diaspora and internationalism, homecoming and racial violence, 'New Negro' militancy, and African American memories of the war." (from the University of North Carolina Press)

More than Binding Men's Wounds: Women's Wartime Nursing in Russia during the Great War
An Evening with Laurie Stoff, Professor of History, Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College

Monday, November 2, 2015
7 p.m. 
The Commons, Spooner Hall

Although the female nurse has been a fixture in modern warfare, she is often overlooked. The nurse’s role was especially important in World War I, when thousands of female medical personnel were required for the treatment of millions of soldiers and civilians. In Russia, nurses were indispensable to the war effort, serving on the frontlines and often assuming public leadership roles. These nurses, far from merely binding wounds, provided vital services that put them squarely in traditionally masculine territory, both literally and figuratively.

An Evening with Heather Perry, Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Thursday, October 22, 2015
7 p.m. 
The Commons, Spooner Hall

This talk will examine the "medical organization" of Imperial Germany for total war. Faced with mounting casualties and a growing labor shortage, German military, industrial, and governmental officials turned to medical experts for assistance in the total mobilization of society. Through an investigation of developments in rehabilitation medicine, prosthetic technology, military medical organization and the cultural history of disability, Heather Perry will discuss of the pressures of modern industrial warfare not only transformed social and cultural expectations of the disabled body in Germany as well as other belligerent nations.

A Screening of A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
6 p.m.
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

"Yes," I lied. "I love you": The Confessions of Frederic Henry
An Evening with Jim Carothers, Professor of English, KU

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

5 - 7 p.m. 
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium & Kansas Room

Jim Carothers, professor of English at the University of Kansas and noted Hemingway scholar, will give a lecture titled "Yes," I lied. "I love you": The Confessions of Frederic Henry. A reception will immediately follow in the Kansas Room.

Marathon Reading of A Farewell to Arms

Friday, August 28, 2015
8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Nunemaker Hall

All KU students, faculty, and staff are invited to visit Nunemaker Center to listen to and/or participate in our marathon reading of KU’s 2015 Common Book "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway. To listen, drop by anytime to enjoy snacks courtesy of the Office of First Year Experience. To read individually or with a class or group, sign up for a time

Common Book Discussion Groups

Sunday, August 23, 2015
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Various campus locations

All new students will meet with returning student leaders and faculty and staff members to discuss A Farewell to Arms, KU's Common Book for 2015-16. These discussions are an important part of Hawk Week and will help students be best prepared for the academic year ahead. 


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