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Kathleen Hulser: Sympathy and Suspicion in WWI Greenwich Historian Kathleen Hulser will explore how World War I plunged small towns across the country into global affairs and how Greenwich, with its art colony connections in France, its captains of industry and its immigrant communities, was uniquely poised to be caught up in the march. In Greenwich, America's early declaration of neutrality did not translate to inaction, but manifested itself in debate, establishment of humanitarian enterprises and military preparedness initiatives. When war was declared, propaganda and the resulting suspicion and profiling of aliens became counterpoints to pep rallies and bond drives. With these influences and the changes that war brought to the daily lives of Greenwich citizens, by the end of the conflict, residents came to see themselves as part of a new world order. Kathleen Hulser was public historian at the New York Historical Society from 1999 to 2011. Her current exhibition is The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919, opening in October 2014 at the National World War I Museum. She teaches history and American studies at The New School and at Pace University in New York and creates public history and digital humanities projects. Hulser attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she studied philosophy and political science, and the Université de Strasbourg in France. After her BA, she earned an MA in American history at New York University. Thursday, October 9, 2014 7:00-8:00 pm followed by short Q Vanderbilt Education Center Members: $15; nonmembers: $20.