Thursday Forum closes with France's de Gaulle

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2015-03-19 10:44:51 - General

Bethany Keenan
Bethany Keenan
Assistant Professor of History

The Coe College Thursday Forum calendar closes in April with a series on the life and career of one of the most important Frenchmen of the 20th century, the illustrious Gen. Charles de Gaulle.

Moving through his life chronologically, History Professor Bethany Keenan will examine his experiences in World War I, his military training, his involvement with the Free French and the liberation of France in World War II, his role in the ending of French colonization in Algeria, his activities in favor of peace during the U.S. - Vietnam War, and the end of his presidency with the student uprisings of 1968. The series will take a global focus, considering how de Gaulle's actions within France had worldwide implications.

By the conclusion of this forum, participants will have a better idea of the man at the center of some of the most tumultuous developments of modern France, as well as a clearer idea of how French ideas of national identity and French relations with the rest of the world evolved during the middle of the 20th century.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. A luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $30 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8619.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "Charles de Gaulle and 20th Century France" - April 2, 9, 16, 23

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