Norwich to host World War I era lecture on Dr. Seuss and American isolationism

Norwich — A lecture on American isolationism during World War I and World War II doesn’t sound like a topic that will include discussion of one of the nation’s most famous cartoonists and rhymers, but the two will be combined Tuesday in a lecture sponsored by the Norwich World War I Memorial Committee.

Matthew Warshauer, history professor at Central Connecticut State University, will speak on “Dr. Seuss, Political Cartoons & the Battle Over Isolationism vs. Intervention in World War I and World War II America,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the parlor at Park Congregational Church, 283 Broadway. The event is the first of five lecture programs in the spring series on the World War I era sponsored by the committee.

Dale Plummer, Norwich city historian and chairman of the Norwich World War I Memorial Committee, said Warshauer participated in the city’s 2013 commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation and has contributed much to the study of Connecticut history since joining the CCSU faculty in 1997.

The talks on World War I are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The entrance to the parlor at Park Congregational Church is through the blue street-level door on Crescent Street, opposite Norwich Free Academy. For more information, contact norwichcityhistorian@gmail.com or call (860) 949-5784.

After writing two books on President Andrew Jackson, Warshauer published “Connecticut in the American Civil War” in 2011. He currently is preparing “9/11 Generation” for publication in 2021 — 20 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Warshauer kick off our spring series of five talks on the World War I era,” Plummer said in a news release announcing Tuesday’s event.

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