News Release

REF NO.: 25

SUBJECT: 1917: War Fatigue at Home and Abroad; Memorial hosts international First World War symposium

DATE: October 27, 2017

Monstrous Anger of the Guns: 1917.

Such is the title of the keynote address to be delivered during the morning session of 1917: War Fatigue at Home and Abroad, a symposium on the First World War in 1917.

The address by Dr. Dean Oliver, director of research at the Canadian Museum of History, will focus on how war fatigue affected the future of nations around the world, the Russian Revolution and mutinies in the French army being some examples.

A Newfoundlander and Memorial alumnus, Dr. Oliver's book, The Oxford Companion of Canadian Military History (co-authored with J.L Granatstein), received the annual Charles P. Stacey Award in 2012 for the best book published on Canadian military history.

The symposium will take place Nov. 3-4.

On Friday, Nov. 3, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Hampton Hall, Marine Institute, the full-length feature film, Paths of Glory, an award-winning 1957 film by Stanley Kubrick about mutinies in the French Army in 1917 will be screened. An expert panel discussion with Dr. Chris Lockett and Dr. Edward Roberts will follow.

The symposium continues on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the same location.

A banquet will be held at the Surgeon Lieutenant Commander W. Anthony Paddon Building in Pleasantville, St. John’s, from 6:30-11 p.m. with Andy Robertshaw as the guest speaker. Mr. Robertshaw is an expert advisor on many documentaries and is well known for his participation in First World War productions, such as Two Men in a Trench and Time Team. He was the military advisory on the hit movie, War Horse. His talk is titled The Weary Road: 1917 to 1918 at the Front and at Home.

Admission to the film and symposium is free of charge. The banquet is $50 per person.

The symposium is being presented by the WW100 Commemoration Program of Memorial University.

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