Back to the Future: The Great War, Nationalism, Imperialism, and the Failure of Internationalism

Poster for lecture seriesF. Peter Wagner, Associate Professor in the Political Science Dept., will talk about “Back to the Future: The Great War, Nationalism, Imperialism, and the Failure of Internationalism” at 3 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 18, in Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Senior Services (435 West Starin Road, Whitewater). It’s the first of the Fall 2017 Fairhaven Lecture Series, which are free and open to the public. You can see the list of upcoming lectures at the Fairhaven Lecture Series web page.

Series Description:

In April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked for a “war to end all wars.” Shortly after, Congress voted to declare war on Germany. One hundred years and the involvement of four million American military personnel later, we reflect on this war that Wilson hoped would make the world safer for democracy. What are the political and institutional legacies of the war? What impact did the war have on culture worldwide? Join us in recognizing 100 years and the legacy and lessons from the Great War.

If you’d like to learn more, Andersen Library can help! Books available include The empire and nationalism at war (online via Project MUSE), which according to the catalog description “analyzes how and why the war facilitated the rise of national movements across Eastern Europe, bringing about the downfall of centuries-old monarchies and engendering the establishment of vulnerable successor states.” Other titles are Germany and the causes of the First World War (online via ProQuest Ebook Central), The new nationalism and the First World War (available from another UW campus via free UW Request; preview via Google Books), and Less than nations: Central-Eastern European minorities after WWI (2 volumes, online via ProQuest Ebook Central). The Library’s databases may be searched to find articles such as “An international civilization? Empire, internationalism and the crisis of the mid-twentieth century” (International Affairs, 2006, vol.82:no.3, pp.553-566, doi:10.1111/j.1468-2346.2006.00551.x0) and “The Great War as a global war: Imperial conflict and the reconfiguration of world order, 1911–1923” (Diplomatic History, 2014, vol.38:no.4, pp.786-800).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

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What do you geek?

What are you into? What do you freak out about? What is your favorite thing?

I geek steampunk!

Here are a few things your fellow UW-Whitewater students and staff geek.

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Vintage Book, Binder, & Art Catalog Sale

This month’s book sale features books on a variety of subjects, binders suitable for holding all your class notes, and art catalogs from days gone by.

Items are $1 each through September 25th, when the price will be reduced to $.25 each for the remainder of the month.

Come, peruse, and purchase soon!

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Rock your dorm room!

The best part of settling into your new campus (or off-campus) digs? Personalizing it and making it your own, of course!

The public library in Whitewater, Irvin Young Memorial Library, is hosting a DIY Dorm Room Decor event this week, Thursday, Sept. 7, from 2-5:00pm.

The library has a fabulous Makerspace with all sorts of equipment — sewing machine, Cricut paper cutting machine, ribbon, paper, markers, hot glue, stamping supplies, and all sorts of other things. All supplies are free and the staff will help you use any unfamiliar machines.

The public library is just a few blocks off campus, at the corner of Church and Center streets — 431 W. Center Street.

Come and craft to your heart’s content!

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Featured Resource: Reference Librarians

Librarian Wanted

What are an organization’s most valuable assets? Its people, of course! So this month, we’re featuring Andersen Library’s seven Reference & Instruction Librarians and highlighting ways they can help you boost your academic performance.

photo of Reference Librarians

How Reference Librarians Can Help You

    Library Research Assistance

    • Explore the best Library resources for your information needs
    • Develop more effective search strategies
    • Discover quality sources more quickly and efficiently (spend less time searching and more time finding)
    • Learn to evaluate the credibility and reliability of sources
    • Get assistance with your citations, including the use of citation managers
    • Understand the world of scholarly publishing better
    • Meet with a Librarian at the Reference Desk, your office, by phone, email or chat

    Reference Desk Services

    • The Reference Desk is open seven days a week
    • Staffed by Reference Librarians and Reference Assistants
    • Librarians may be reached in person, by phone 262.472.1032, or email
    • Reference Desk Hours

    24×7 Chat Reference Service

    Individual Appointments

    • Do you have a big research project looming?
    • Would you like to meet with a Librarian who has expertise in your subject area?
    • Schedule an appointment with your liaison librarian – see list below and call or email today!

    Learn more about Andersen Library’s Reference Services

    Librarian Liaisons to Departments

    Name Departments Phone E-mail Address
    Bren, Barbara Communication; Music; Political Science 262-472-5521
    Castrillo, James History; Philosophy & Religious Studies; Sociology, Criminology, & Anthropology; Theatre & Dance; Women’s & Gender Studies 262-472-5522
    Elsen, Carol Art & Design; Chemistry; Geography, Geology, & Environmental Science 262-472-5751
    Latorraca, Ellen College of Education & Professional Studies 262-472-5525
    Schemm, Naomi College of Business & Economics 262-472-5519
    Shull, Diana Psychology; Social Work 262-472-5011
    Stephenson, Martha Biological Sciences; Languages & Literatures; Mathematics; Computer Science; Physics 262-472-4366
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New Stuff Tuesday – Sept. 5, 2017

Reading America book cover

Reading America:
Citizenship, Democracy, and Cold War Literature

By Kristin L. Matthews
PS3613.A8488 R43 2016
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

If you’re interested in the effects of literature on America and on individual readers, this book’s for you. Growing out of the national movement that was based on The Wonderful World of Books project from the 1950s, Reading America expands beyond the former’s premise that literacy has the power to form citizens, spread democracy, and fortify America to the idea that the relationship between reading and citizenship is such that different groups of people use particular texts to reach towards their own idealized versions of America. Reading America presents a select collection of influential texts, showing how they were valued, interpreted, and used by Americans from across the political spectrum during the cold war era (1945-1991). Matthews draws from the fields of book history, Cold War Studies, library studies, and literary studies in her analysis. Instead of an us-them approach, Matthews incorporates inter- and intragroup approaches prevalent during the era. She also looks beyond simply audience interpretation by investigating what the authors’ envisioned. The main literary works discussed include The Catcher in the Rye, Invisible Man, The Crying of Lot 49, Lost in the Fun House, and The Woman Warrior.

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T3: Back to School Tech Tips

wireless-printingWelcome to a new school year and new set of Thursday Tech Tips! Watch this space on Thursdays for helpful tricks and tips for using technology to enhance your life.

A few things have changed over the summer so make sure you get your devices all set up for the semester.

Wireless Access

  1. Personal Devices
  2. Mobile Devices

Wireless Printing
There are two ways to print from your laptop computers and personal devices to any General Access lab printer on campus. This only works for files 25 MB or less in size.

  1. Email the file as an attachment to
    • Use your email address!
    • Use this method from your mobile devices
    • Go to the nearest print-release station, log in using your NetID and password, and release your job
  2. Upload the file(s) to
    • Make sure your computer is connected to the campus wifi
    • Navigate to
    • Log in to PaperCut with your NetID and password
    • Click on Web Print
    • Select Submit a Job and follow the steps to upload the file
    • Go to the nearest print-release station, log in using your NetID and password, and release your job
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New Stuff Tuesday — August 29, 2017

Twitter and Tear Gas book cover image

Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest
By Zeynep Tufekci
HM742 .T84 2017
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Zeynep Tufekci, a information scientist and sociologist at UNC-Chapel Hill, writes about 21st-century protests and social media technology in ways that complicate labeling of social-media-fueled protests as mere “slactavism.” Her unique perspective on this topic, she has participated in many left-leaning and anti-authoritarian protests around the world since the late 1990s, allows her to combine academic analysis with vignettes that demonstrate how social media functioned as a tool for protests. Tufekci argues that even as social media and the internet allow protests to quickly gain numbers and power, the ease of organizing mass protests in this networked age can limit the potential for participants to build the kinds of organizational infrastructure that helped older protest movements, such as the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, pivot to meet new challenges.

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New Stuff Tuesday — Aug. 22, 2017

Economics Rules cover image

Economics Rules: the rights and wrongs of the dismal science
By Dani Rodrik
HB75 .R5785 2015
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

A work on economics hardly seems like one’s first choice for summer reading, but browsing through this little book highlights very readable writing and compelling examples drawn from recent economics history. Rodrik’s central thesis is that econ, with its plethora of mathematical models to explain every possible fluctuation, goes wrong when people – economists, politicians, or your average WSJ-reader – assume that a favored model of the moment is THE model that should be applied in all situations.

For specifics, he points out why some very popular thought-models of economists – including that rent caps generally reduce the quantity and quality of housing, that import tariffs generally are a bad thing, and that the U.S. should not forbid employers from outsourcing jobs – can be true in some circumstances, and false in others.

The talk of mathematical models gone wrong reminds me of another recent read from our collection, Jordan Ellenberg’s How not to be wrong. Among other chapters, he highlights how, when considering a vexing question such as whether the U.S.’s social net should try to be more or less like Sweden’s, politicians can draw very different conclusions depending on what mathematical model one applies to the situation. Preview his entertaining charts in Google Books here.

If you’re of an economics or mathematical mind, either of these might provide a fun read to keep your mind engaged in the break before school starts!

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Andersen Library @ Welcome (Back) events!

Welcome (back) to UWW! Find us at various Orientation Week events:

Andersen Library entrance photo

Tuesday, August 22

  • 9am-11:30am & 1:30-3pm: RA Resource Fair

Thursday, August 24

  • 1:30-2:30pm: Involvement Opportunity Fair (UC Hamilton Room)

Monday, August 28

  • 2-3pm: Library Services & Online Resources (Andersen Library L2211)

Wednesday, August 30

  • 5-7pm: Graduate School & Nontraditional Student Orientation (UC Hamilton Center)

Tuesday, September 5

  • 12:15-2:30pm: HawkFest for first year students (parking lot 11)

Don’t see an event for you? Can’t make it?

Well, c’mon in, or give us a call or an email! We’ll be happy to set up a time to meet with you! Call the Reference Desk at (262) 472-1032 or email

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