Cornette Library to Host Discussion on

Sept. 28, 2017

CONTACT:    Mary Jarvis, 806-651-2225,

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129,

Cornette Library to Host Discussion on ‘Lessons Learned from Our Wars’


CANYON, Texas—Cornette Library at West Texas A&M University will present a panel discussion on “Lessons Learned from Our Wars” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Hazlewood Lecture Room at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. This will be the first of two public programs the library will host on topics related to war, especially World War I. The second is scheduled for Nov. 14 and will explore shell shock in U.S. soldiers and other health issues at the time of Worldbanner War I.

The programs are part of “World War I and America,” a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial and other organizations, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Oct. 5 panel discussion will look at “Lessons Learned from Our Wars” with a series of questions that will include for following.

• Should America try to “make the world safe for democracy?”
• Are American claims to moral leadership abroad vitiated by racial injustice at home?
• What happens when the loyalty of an American minority comes under suspicion during wartime?
• How should a democratic society rally popular support for war, and how should it deal with dissent at home while it is fighting overseas?
• How does combat forever change the trajectory of individual lives?
• What does the nation owe to those who fight on its behalf?

Panelists for the discussion will include Dr. Stephen Severn, veteran and head of the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages; Don Clewett, veteran and instructor of mathematics; Dr. Lisa Davis, veteran and associate professor of nursing; and Truman Scholar Jonathan Espinoza, veteran and a senior broadcast journalism and advertising/public relations major from Friona. Dr. Bruce Brasington, professor of history, will serve as panel narrator.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Jarvis, assistant director of information and library resources, at 806-651-2225 or


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