Events Calendar

World War I's Long Shadow

The "war to end all wars" cast a long shadow across the twentieth century, serving as cause, catalyst, or key moment for all manner of modern messes. This exhibit, curated by Dr. Andrew Kellett, Associate Professor of History at Harford Community College, will take us through both the seismic shifts in the global balance of power that result and the dislocations of borders, people, and cultures.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. To reserve your seat, email haysheighe@harford.edu or call 443-412-2539.

The Hays-Heighe House is wheelchair accessible. Guests who require other accommodations should contact Linda Anthony at 443-412-2539 at least two weeks prior to the event.

November 1: Historical Debate Night III - Isolationism

Thursday, November 1
6:30-8 PM
Hays-Heighe House

Presented by James Karmel, Professor of History and Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at HCC
After a little preparation on the topic – remember to prepare both positions! – join us for a friendly historical debate. Spectators are also welcome. Had the “entangling alliances” that Thomas Jefferson warned Americans against been the cause of World War I in Europe, bringing that continent to its knees? Would participation during the interwar years in international organizations like the League of Nations be a remedy, or were such bodies and the treaties they produced further examples of entanglement? Has American isolationism over the past century been more about non-intervention or unilateralism?
Reservation strongly recommended.

November 15: Replaying the Paris Peace Conference

Thursday, November 15
6:30-8 PM
Hays-Heighe House

Moderated by Stephanie Hallock, Professor of Political Science and Coordinator for Global Education and Engagement at HCC
The key players at the Paris Peace Conference had a lot of work to do: treaties would need to be written involving several dozen countries and nationalities; “aggressor” countries would have their colonies re-assigned, their armies and navies disbanded, and have reparations payments assigned; new national boundaries would have to be drawn; and a League of Nations would have to be created. The Treaty of Versailles is often considered at best a failure, and at worst, a direct cause of World War II. Join us as we try to do better!
Reservation strongly recommended.

November 27: World War 1 and Modernism (Literature)

Tuesday, November 27
2:30-4 PM
Hays-Heighe House

Presented by Scott West, Assistant Professor of Literature at HCC
The traumas and dislocations of World War I left their mark on the physical landscape, on traditional institutions, and on individual psyches. Looking particularly at modernism, literature professor Scott West will talk about the ways that reactions to the war interacted with existing movements in literature and fueled the rise of new styles of expression.
Reservation strongly recommended.

December 6: Unintended Consequences of the Treaty of Versailles

Thursday, December 6
12:30-2 PM
Hays-Heighe House

Presented by Michael Neiberg, Professor of History and Chair of War Studies at U.S. Army War College
With the armistice signed in November 1918, the fighting was over, but negotiations over the treaties to resolve World War I would drag on for many months. The resulting compromises satisfied no one. Although Europe was strung back together, it was a peace too flimsy to hold in the face of competing resentments and pressures. What would this mean for the role of the United States on the world stage?
Reservation strongly recommended.

December 7 & 8: Holiday Open House

Friday, December 7 | 10 AM - 2 PM
Saturday, December 8 | 10 AM - 2 PM
Hays-Heighe House

Take a break during the busy holiday season and stop by the Hays-Heighe House. Enjoy the festive atmosphere, tour the exhibit, and partake of holiday refreshments!
Reservation not necessary.