Sketches from the Trenches


Sketches from the Trenches: Jean Despujols in World War I

November 7, 2015-January 31, 2016

Opening reception: November 7, 5-7 pm

Despujols was a machine gunner in the French army during WWI. With the help of the History Department, this exhibit will tell the story of major battles in France (e.g. Verdun) experienced by Despujols, and reveal the war-torn people and landscape he movingly depicted.

 

Free lectures:

Trey Gibson, MA

Trey Gibson, MA

November 7, 5:15 pm: "Researching My Grandfather" by Trey Gibson, MA, Director of Debate, LSUS

 

November 20, 6:30 pm: "Visions of Hell: The World War I Sketchbook and Journal of Jean Despujols" by Dr. Dana Kress, Professor of French

Dr. Dana Kress

Dr. Dana Kress

Dr. Kress was the first scholar to extensively research Despujols' work, and is currently working on a book about these World War I sketches.

 

January 29, 2016, 6 pm: “Intelligence in World War I” by Dr. Thomas Boghardt, senior historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History

Dr. Thomas Boghardt

Dr. Thomas Boghardt

Dr. Boghardt's research focuses on U.S. military intelligence operations in postwar Europe. He has served as the historian at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and as a Thyssen fellow at Georgetown University. Dr. Boghardt is the author of several books, including The Zimmermann Telegram (2012) and Spies of the Kaiser (2005). He received his PhD in modern European history from the University of Oxford.