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AGSL 40th Anniversary at UWM Celebration: Panel Discussion and Reception

June 21, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

agsl photo montageThe UWM Libraries celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the American Geographical Society Library’s arrival at UWM with a panel discussion that commemorates the end of World War I and the role that the AGSL and the American Geographical Society played in post-war plans on Thursday, June 21 at 5 p.m. in the AGSL, located on the 3rd floor east wing of the UWM Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.

The title of the panel is “100 Years After World War I: The Legacy of the American Plan for Peace and the American Geographical Society.” A reception in AGSL at 6 p.m. follows the talk.

In 1918, after the U.S. joined World War I the prior year, President Woodrow Wilson asked the American Geographical Society to pull together a group of scholars from across the nation to prepare the upcoming peace negotiations.

This group, known as The Inquiry, worked from AGS headquarters in New York to prepare the 14 Points and then a comprehensive plan for peace. This included plans on re-drawing the map of Europe and colonial holdings beyond, along with developing the plans for the League of Nations.

Many of the borders prepared by the group of scholars, along with many ideas that continue to underpin the international system today, date to the Inquiry and its work. The AGS Library holds many of the Inquiry’s maps and documents that helped shape the Treaty of Versailles and continue to impact the geopolitics of the world today.

This panel discussion by Drs. Wesley Reisser, Alexander Murphy,and Sara Hughes will both look at the legacy of the work undertaken 100 years ago and at the ways in which the ghosts of World War I continue to haunt the challenging geopolitics of the world we live in today.

The panel discussion and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information about the event or special needs, please call 414-229-6282 or email agsl@uwm.edu


June 21, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


American Geographical Society Library, UWM Golda Meir Library building, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.
2311 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, 53211 United States
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