Australian War Veterans Expert To Speak On Baylor Campus Feb. 21

Feb. 14, 2000

by LoAna Lopez

Baylor University's Institute for Oral History and department of history will sponsor a lecture titled, "ANZAC Memories: Interpreting the Oral Histories of Australian War Veterans," at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, in the Cox Lecture Hall of the Armstrong Browning Library. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Alistair Thomson, a noted scholar on oral history and memories of people, will present the lecture. Thomson is joint director of the Centre for Life History Research at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. He is the author of ANZAC Memories: Living with the Legend.

The ANZAC legend of valor during World War I is integral to the Australian sense of nationhood and national character. Through oral history interviews with former common soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand armies, Thomson examined the changing significance of the legend for Australian politics and society.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Institute for Oral History at 710-3437.

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