IU president to host international World War I roundtable discussion with diplomats

  • Oct. 30, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington will host a Nov. 4 global roundtable titled “An Unsolved Business: The Legacy of the Great War,” featuring diplomats from many of the countries involved in World War I.

The roundtable is the signature event of IU Bloomington’s 2014-15 academic year exploration of the conflict, "World War I: 100 Years." This series of events and exhibitions tangibly integrates the arts and humanities on campus and examines the impact of World War I on today’s political affairs.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the roundtable begins at 3 p.m. in Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall. Ushers will seat attendees from front to back; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The discussion will also be live-streamed at

IU President Michael A. McRobbie will chair the international roundtable, which will focus on the geo-political legacy of the Great War.

Invitations were sent to ambassadors of all of the countries involved in the conflict, but some could not attend or send a diplomatic delegate in their place, said Andrea Ciccarelli, dean of the Hutton Honors College and coordinator of IU’s World War I activities on behalf of McRobbie.

“At IU, naturally, there are many competent scholars and former diplomats, and some of them are involved in other initiatives related to the centennial,” Ciccarelli said.

“The idea here was to host a panel with external speakers -- with the exception of the Honorable Lee Hamilton and the Honorable Dick Lugar, who were invited for their respective roles as former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. To respect historical boundaries, we invited only ambassadors from countries that, at the time, had an official national status and were officially involved in the war.”

Participants include, in alphabetical order:

  • Philipp Ackermann, minister and deputy chief of mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Giorgio Aliberti, counselor and head of political affairs, Embassy of Italy
  • Kim Beazley, ambassador of the Commonwealth of Australia to the United States
  • Stephen Bridges, consul general, British Consulate General in Chicago
  • Marc Calcoen, ambassador and consul general, Consulate General of the Kingdom of Belgium in New York
  • Vincent Floreani, consul general, Consulate General of the French Republic in Chicago
  • Lee Hamilton, professor of practice, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Richard Lugar, professor of practice, Indiana University School of Global and International Studies
  • Hans Peter Manz, ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the United States
  • Elena Poptodorova, ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United States
  • Dejan Radulovic, acting consul general, Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago

Later that evening, the Jacobs School of Music will present Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” at 8 p.m., a free event at the Musical Arts Center.

World War I: 100 Years

IU Bloomington’s World War I: 100 Years is a series of talks, seminars, films at IU Cinema, performances, classes, readings and exhibitions at the IU Art Museum, Lilly Library and Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

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