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William C. Crooks Distinguished Lecture
Lasting Post: Love, Law and Laureates: The Forgotten Legacies of WWI

Lecture by James E. Baker, Chief Justice of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Judge James E. Baker will explore legacies of the First World War including the war's influence on letters, law, remembrance and the concept of service. Judge Baker currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, which is an appellate body composed of five civilian judges that handles cases arising under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Judge Baker attended Yale University as an undergraduate, served in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer and graduated from Yale Law School in 1990. He was a legislative aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and went on to serve in a variety of important civil service capacities including appointments to the U. S. Department of State, the National Security Council, the Council to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory and Intelligence Oversight Boards, and as Special Assistant to the President and Legal Advisor to the National Security Council. He is the author of In the Common Defense: National Security Law for Perilous Times (a text widely used in the study of the subject), and, with Michael Reisman, Regulating Covert Action. Judge Baker is the recipient of the 1999 Colonel Nelson Drew Memorial Award (the NSC’s highest honor) and the Director of Central Intelligence's "Director's Award." He is also the great-grandson of John Henry Twachtman and a grand-nephew of WWI veteran J. Alden Twachtman, both members of the Cos Cob art colony.

Please note that this lecture will take place at the Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830

7:00 to 8:00 pm

Admission is free, but reservations are strongly suggested. Call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

American Women Rebuilding France, Lecture by Elaine Uzan Leary
Co-sponsor Alliance Française

American Women Rebuilding France

This presentation by Elain Uzan Leary based on a travelling exhibition, "American Women Rebuilding France 1917-1924" focuses on the amazing response to the devastation caused by WWI in France led by Anne Morgan, youngest daughter of financier J.P. Morgan. CARD (Comité Américain pour les Régions Dévastées) was created by Morgan to aid the civilian population and helped rebuild war-torn Picardy after WWI. By 1923, over 350 American women had responded to her appeal and left their homes to come to the aid of the French people. Leary will share original photographs of the era from the Anne Morgan archives of the Franco-American Museum, Chateau of Blérancourt in Picardy, France.

Born Elaine Vivian L’Heureux in Auburn, Maine, of a Franco-American family and educated in a bilingual community, Leary is a true Francophile. She is a graduate of Stetson Univiersity, Université de Strasbourg, France; Middlebury College Graduate School; the Chambre de Commerce in Paris; and Emerson College Graduate Studies in Boston.

She co-founded and taught at the school of the Alliance and co-founded and served as lead actress for the French Theatre in Boston, Compagnie Bernard Uzan. Leary is currently Executive Director of the American Friends of Blérancourt, which supports the Franco-American Museum, Chateau de Blérancourt in Picardy, France.

November 18, 2014

1:00 to 2:00 pm followed by short Q&A session

Vanderbilt Education Center

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After the World Broke in Two:
WWI and the Fracturing of Poetry and Fiction

Lecture by Professor Laura Winters

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January 15, 2015

Focusing on excerpts from In Our Time by Ernest Hemmingway, One of Ours by Willa Cather (who was connected with the Cos Cob art colony as a patron of the Holley Boarding House) and Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell, Professor Laura Winters will explore the impact that the destruction and suffering wrought by WWI had on themes, process and style in American literature and poetry.

Dr. Laura Winters has taught literature, writing and film for 31 years at The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, and has taught for over 20 years in the graduate school at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She has published Willa Cather: Landscape and Exile as well as articles about American literature and film, and is the editor of the Willa Cather Series at FDU (Fairleigh Dickinson University) Press.

January 15, 2015

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

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The Millionaires' Unit Documentary Film Screening

January 29, 2015

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The Millionaires' Unit is the story of an elite group of college students from Yale who formed a private air militia in preparation for America's entry into World War One. Known as the First Yale Unit and dubbed "the millionaires' unit" by the New York press, they became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve and were among the first to fight for the United States in the Great War. Using the squadron members' letters and diaries, the documentary chronicles the coming of age of these young pioneers against the backdrop of an event that signaled America's emergence as a world power. The film focuses on their service and sacrifice and chronicles a great, untold story of early aviation in America. The documentary was inspired by the book The Millionaires' Unit by Marc Wortman. After seven years in development and production by co-producers Ron King and Darroch Greer, the film is being presented to the public to commemorate the centennial of World War I.

Vanderbilt Education Center

3:00 to 5:00 pm

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