TROY, Alabama Humanities Foundation to present SUPER Teacher Workshop on World War I

Posted: Thursday, 11 September 2014

TROY - Troy University, in partnership with the Alabama Humanities Foundations, will present a one-day School and University Partners for Educational Renewal (SUPER) Teacher Workshop focused on World War I on Sept. 19 on the Troy Campus.

The workshop, "World War I: The Unknown War on the Eastern Front," will begin at 8 a.m. in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor. Pre-registration is required and the registration deadline is Sept. 17. For additional information or to register online, go to Continuing Education Units will be provided for participants.

Designed to provide an in-depth study on the Alabama home front in World War I, the workshop will equip K-12 teachers with historical and cultural resources, curriculum integration strategies and techniques, digital media resources and valuable literature to share with their students.

"This event is part of an experiment," said Dr. Martin Olliff, lead scholar for the event. "Usually, the Alabama Humanities SUPER programs are multi-day, residential institutes that bring K-12 teachers together for immersion into the subject matter and content. Rather than bringing the teachers to the SUPER Institute, we are taking SUPER Workshops to the teachers."

Dr. Olliff, editor of The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama During World War I, will cover information on the Alabama home front in World War I. Dr. Olliff is Director of The Wiregrass Archives and associate professor of history at Troy University's Dothan Campus.

Dr. Margaret Gnoinska, assistant professor of history at Troy University, will present information on the relatively unknown war on the Eastern Front. Dr. Gnoinska is a National Security Education Program Fellow, whose areas of expertise include modern Eastern Europe, modern East Asia and international history of the Cold War.

Dr. Susan DuBose, high school curriculum specialist with Elmore County Schools, Debbie Pendleton, assistant director for public services with the Alabama Department of Archives and History, and Wesley Garmon, curriculum specialist with the Alabama Department of Archives and History, will discuss collections of primary sources such as the Gold Star database available through the Department of Archives and History that provides information and photographs collected about Alabama soldiers who died while in service.

"We are in the centenary year of the beginning of 'The War to End All Wars,' so the topic is timely," Dr. Olliff said. "The sessions are important and provide the audience with a depth of information they might not otherwise consider given the usual focus on the technology of warfare that has dominated discussion of World War I for so long."