Fall 2018


100th Anniversary of the Armistice: "Over There": Music and the First World War

Music played a major but often overlooked role in the First World War. The conflict inspired and popularized songs for every occasion, including the heart-tugging “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” the jaunty “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” and the moving “Danny Boy.” Canadian troops headed to Europe sang “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now.” For escapism, crowds flocked to the hit London musical Chu Chin Chow, a spectacle based partly on “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” which ran for a record-breaking five years. We’ll explore the range of music that comforted and stirred an era.

Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2014.

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What will I learn?



How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Discussion (may vary from class to class)
  • Papers (applicable only to certificate students)

How will I be evaluated?

For certificate students only:

Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”

Textbooks and learning materials

Reading material (if applicable) will be available in class. Some course materials may be available online.

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