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McRobbie to chair WWI roundtable


By IDS Reports



IU-Bloomington will soon welcome diplomats from the countries involved in World War I through its Sample Gates.

IU President Michael McRobbie will chair a roundtable between the diplomats at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 in Franklin Hall’s Presidents Hall, according to the University.

The diplomats will discuss the geo-political legacy of ?the war.

The roundtable, titled “An Unsolved Business: The Legacy of the Great War,” is the signature event of the series titled “World War I: 100 Years,” according to ?the University.

The event will include talks, seminars, an exhibition at the IU Art Museum and a film series at the IU ?Cinema. The film series, like the roundtable, targets the geo-political legacy of the war.

Though diplomats from all of the countries involved in World War I were invited to attend the roundtable, several could not attend, according to the University.

“To respect historical boundaries, we invited only ambassadors from countries that, at the time, had an official national status and were officially involved in the war,” said Andrea Ciccarelli, dean of the Hutton Honors College and coordinator of the roundtable in an IU press ?release.

Diplomats from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy and Serbia are set to attend the roundtable, as is Lee Hamilton, School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor of practice, and Richard Lugar, School of Global and International Studies professor ?of practice.

“The idea here was to host a panel with external speakers, with the exception of the Honorable Lee Hamilton and the Honorable Dick Lugar, who were invited for their respective roles as former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” Ciccarelli said.

IU students, faculty and staff are also invited to attend the roundtable. Doors will open at 2:30 pm. and ushers will seat attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The roundtable will also be live-streamed at ? broadcast.iu.edu .

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