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Richard Rubin author events: The Last of the Doughboys

Commemoration of WWI is being celebrated at St. Cloud State University with guest presenter Richard Rubin.  In 2003 author Richard Rubin searched for a veteran of World War One—“The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars”; he finally found one.  And then he found another, and yet another.  He found over 30 WWI veterans, aged from 101-113, and he interviewed them.  Sometimes he interviewed them 3 or 4 times.  His research led him across the United States and France.  He found information in archives, private collections, battlefields, literature, propaganda, and even music.  For 10 years he researched and wrote the book, “The Last of the Doughboys:  The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War,” released this past year by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co.

Please note the following dates/times and events, sponsored by Learning Resources Services:

Film screening: Sgt. York
Mon., April 7; 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Miller Center Auditorium
Viewing of the movie “Sgt. York”, a classic biographical 1941 film starring Gary Cooper about the life of Alvin York, one of the most-decorated American soldiers of World War I,  who captured German position single-handedly. 

Discussion/ Q&A with HIST 445/545: US Military History
Tues., April 8; 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm; MC 122 Auditorium 

Richard Rubin on "The Skill of Interviewing"
Tues., April 8; 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm; MC 122 Auditorium
Meeting with interested faculty and students who anticipate interviewing, including working with older adults, in their work.  Rubin will answer questions about the interviewing process he used and some tips he could share. Students in music and theater classes may also find this interesting. 

Richard Rubin presentation, "Remembering WWI: Interviews with the Last of the Doughboys"
Tues., April 8; 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm; MC 122 Auditorium

  • Incidental popular music from WWI
  • Theatrical readings by TH 130 students
  • Honor Guard from the SCSU ROTC program
  • Richard Rubin presentation
  • Reception, co-hosted by students from Veterans Resource Center, and book signing (Miller Center 2nd Floor Reading Area)


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