WWI Historian Examines Verdun

John Mosier will discuss an often-overlooked aspect of the “Great War” and the subject of his latest book, “Verdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I, 1914-1918.” A pivotal battle lasting nine months, three weeks and six days, the struggle in this small French town just miles from the German border was the longest and one of the most costly battles ever fought. Estimates put the loss of human life at 976,000.

A professor of English at Loyola University of New Orleans and military history revisionist, Mosier will appear on April 9, 2014, in Pierson Auditorium at 7 p.m. as the Cockefair Chair Spring 2014 guest lecturer. His presentation aligns with the Chair’s concentration on the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

Mosier’s talk is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Please call the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or reserve seats online at go.umkc.edu/mosier.

Carolyn Benton Cockefair was a UMKC professor who retired at age 80 in 1964. Her former students raised money and petitioned the University of Kansas City to establish a chair in her name. Since then, the Cockefair Chair brings the best minds of the day to give free presentations to all those interested.

For Cockefair events on the UMKC campus, free parking is offered on the 4th and 5th levels of the parking garage at Oak Street and 51st. From there, covered walkways lead to Pierson Auditorium in the Atterbury Student Success Center.

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