STAUNTON, VIRGINIA–The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum (WWPL) is pleased to partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia (OLLI at UVA) to present “America, Woodrow Wilson, and World War I,” a five-meeting class beginning in February at the Presidential Library. The class will be taught by World War I scholar William Walker, who will argue that World War I was the most significant event of the 20th century. An in-depth guided tour of the WWPL’s new World War I trench exhibit will be a special feature of the course. The class is one of eleven courses OLLI at UVA will offer in Staunton during the spring session, which begins February 7.
In the World War I course, Mr. Walker will discuss how the war dramatically altered the world in which we grew up, continues to affect our lives today, and will remain one of the most influential events for decades to come. The course will cover the full scope of the war, with particular emphasis on the American experience and the struggles of President Wilson, and will include lecture and discussion among the participants. The class will meet on five consecutive Wednesdays, from February 23 through March 23, and although the course had been filled to its limit of 15 students, Mr. Walker agreed to expand capacity due to interest. Another class offered by Mac Warford on the psychology of C.G. Jung also reached capacity and has been expanded.
William Walker, a Staunton resident, is writing a book about World War I. He wrote the panels for the WWPL’s new World War I trench exhibit and planned and co-led the Presidential Library’s World War I battlefield tour in France in October. Mr. Walker served as Associate Vice President for Public Affairs at the College of William and Mary from 1996 until 2006 and similar positions at Gettysburg College, Virginia Tech, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in English at the University of Virginia and completed his course work for his Ph.D. in English from Tulane University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson fellow.
OLLI at UVA brings together people from various backgrounds who share a common interest in learning and intellectual stimulation. Formed in association with the University of Virginia in 2001, the Institute was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s own deeply-held belief in, and practice of, education as a lifelong enterprise which invigorates the mind and enriches life. OLLI expanded to the Shenandoah Valley last fall. All classes except the World War I class will meet at the R.R Smith Center for History and Art in Staunton.
For more information about and to register for the World War I class and all of the OLLI at UVA classes, see the website at www.olliuva.org, or call or email OLLI at (877) 861-9207 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the WWPL, see the website at www.woodrowwilson.org or call or email the WWPL (540) 885-0897 or email@example.com.