WWI: 100 Years Later 

WWI Commemoration at UTC-soldiers in Flanders

This November marks the centennial anniversary of the armistice that put an end to World War I.

Concerts, lectures, exhibits and more are taking place on campus this fall, joining with events across the country.

Discussions explore everything from philosophy to literature to nursing to chemistry of World War I. Events highlight the impact of both African- and Hispanic-Americans on the war.

Five UC students lost their lives serving in World War I. This fall, a plaque will be dedicated in Patten Chapel in their honor.

November's "A View from the Trenches" concert debuts works written by UTC faculty Jonathan McNair, inspired by poetry from WWI.

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Events at and around UTC

Fall Semester

WWI Artifacts Display, UTC Library Special Collections

Fall Semester

Roth Reading Room, UTC Library

Fighting for Freedom without the right to vote: African-Americans in WWI

Running this fall

Bessie Smith Cultural Center


"The Role of American Indians in World War I" Lecture

7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24

Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLK Blvd.

Featuring Dan Littlefield, director, Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Littlefield's lecture is part of the Moccasin Bend National Park Lecture Series.

Military Science, History and Chemistry in World War I Panel Discussion

3 - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25

Signal Mountain Room, University Center

Featuring Captain Kevin Beavers, with garage parking across the street.

WWI Commemoration at UTC-silhoutted troops marching


Philosophy and World War I Panel Discussion

5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4

Ocoee Room, University Center

Featuring: Talia Welsh, Nietzsche's Influence on WWI German Soldiers; Austin Kippes, Lenin and the Relation between Capitalism and WWI; Ethan Mills, Ghandi, India and WWI; Brandon Jones-Russell, Solitarity and Solidarity in WWI. Garage parking available across the street.

The Poetry and Literature of World War I Panel Discussion

2 – 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9

Heritage Room, University Center

Carl Springer, Aaron Shaheen and Lucien Ellington discuss Willa Cather and more.

Women and Nursing in WWI;  Hispanic-American soldiers in WWI Panel Discussion

10:30 a.m. – Noon, Tuesday, Oct. 30

Ocoee Room, University Center

Featuring Joanie Jackson and Edwin Murillo.

five UC students casulaties in WWI


A View from the Trenches Concert

7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1

Roland Hayes Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center

This multimedia event features images and music of the WWI era, with new songs inspired by era poetry and composed by faculty member Jonathan McNair. Guest artists include Andrew White and Beth Duroy, with faculty artists Nikolasa Tejero, Ronda Ford and David Walters.

UTC Symphony Orchestra Concert

7:30 p.m., Sunday Nov. 4

Roland Hayes Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center

Featuring music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Kenyon Wilson’s Five, a tribute to the fallen soldiers of Chattanooga two years ago.

Distinguished guest speaker Chad Williams on African-American Service in WWI

5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8

University Center Auditorium

Visiting from Brandeis University, Williams is a scholar in WWI and African-American history.

TAPS Project and Dedication for UC Students who lost their lives in WWI

9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9

The Taps bugle call will sound across campus and downtown; dedication to follow at Patten Chapel.

UTC and community trumpet players unite under the direction of Craig Davis.

Five students of the University of Chattanooga lost their lives serving in WWI. In their honor, a plaque will be hung in Patten Chapel.

UTC Football Military Appreciation Day: UTC vs. Mercer

1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10

Finley Stadium

The annual football game to honor military service members will also include members of the Daughters of the American Revolution commemorating WWI with paper poppies, period dress and more.

Veterans Day Luncheon

Noon, Monday, Nov. 12

University Center