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Great Writers and the Great War: Literature as Peace Activism

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Can literature and the arts really prevent war? Many British writers in the peace movement of the 1930s thought so.
Their experiments in writing peace activist fiction are the basis for this presentation, which draws many of its examples from the vibrant period before World War II when hopes were high that war itself could be abolished. Telling stories and making art were more than just leisure activities or entertainment—the fiction produced by these politically engaged writers of the 1930s was meant to change people’s lives, convince them of the irrationality of war, and imagine new possibilities for peacemaking. Though these peace activist writers failed to prevent war—the disasters of Nazism proved too immense—this moment of pre-war optimism has much to teach us. Discover this idealistic period with author and professor Charles Andrews, who leads a discussion about creative nonviolence and peacemaking through art, lessons we might carry into the 21st century. Read an interview with Charles Andrews here.

This talk is presented by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Historical Society in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I.

  • When
  • May 22, 2018
    6:30 pm
  • Where
  • South Hill Library
    3324 S. Perry St. Spokane, WA 99203 United States
  • Who
  • Charles Andrews
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