Lombardo to Speak on WWI Thursday Night

Dr. Stanley Lombardo, professor of English at Arkansas Tech University, will offer a presentation entitled “World War I Influence on American Literature, Painting, Photography and Film.” on Thursday, Oct. 19, as part of a continuing series at ATU commemorating World War I.

Lombardo’s lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in room 300 south of Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, which is located at 305 West Q Street in Russellville.

Attendees will hear a short reading from Ernest Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home” and view film clips from the 1925 movie “The Big Parade.”

There will be a discussion on some of the embedded artists of World War I and other American artists of the time. In addition, Lombardo will explore the post-war trend toward horror films using James Whale’s “Frankenstein” as an example of how the war shaped filmmakers conception of horror.

Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center is one of 120 organizations in the United States selected to receive grant funding from the Library of America in support of educational programming about World War I.

The public programming coincides with the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I. Through the first two rounds of grant announcements, ATU is the only entity in Arkansas selected to receive the Library of America grant funding for the program.

The series will conclude on Thursday, Nov. 9, with an all veterans appreciation event and discussion panel on veterans’ issues. It will begin at 7 p.m. in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300 south.

All programs as part of the World War I commemoration are free and open to the public. For more information, call (479) 964-0569, send e-mail to lheffley@atu.edu or visit http://library.atu.edu.