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Fairfield's Sacred Heart Hosting Lecture On WWI's Iconic Battle Of Verdun

Paul Jankowski will speak at Sacred Heart University on the oft-debated Battle of Verdun.
Paul Jankowski will speak at Sacred Heart University on the oft-debated Battle of Verdun. Photo Credit:

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Sacred Heart University in Fairfield will host “A Paradoxical Icon of the Great War: Verdun, 1916” as its Department of History Annual Lecture.

Interminable, indecisive and seemingly pointless, the battle of Verdun quickly acquired its status as one of the three or four iconic battles of the Great War on the Western Front. But even before it ended, French and Germans began remembering it in ways often at odds with its realities and with one another.

Any understanding of war should encompass the construction as well as the experience of battle, never confusing the two but always attentive to their rich and reciprocal ties. This talk offers a tentative attempt to do so.

The lecture will be by Paul Jankowski, the Raymond Ginger Professor of History at Brandeis University. Jankowski teaches the history of modern Europe, France in particular, as well as the history of wars and warfare, especially those of the 20th century.

The event will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the University Commons at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield.

The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, visit www.sacredheart.edu .

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