August 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm

‘Daughters of Arete: Military Nursing in WWI,’ Sept. 4

The Contemporary History Institute welcomes Yvonne McEwen of the University of Edinburgh as the first speaker in the fall semester Guest Lecture Series.

Yvonne McEwen

Yvonne McEwen

She will talk on “Daughters of Arete: Military Nursing in World War One” on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Baker Theater.

In 2005, McEwen joined the Centre for the Study of The Two World Wars, now the Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict at the University of Edinburgh, from whom she holds degrees in nursing and history. She is currently the Project Director of “Scotland’s War 1914-1919,” the largest public engagement program with the Imperial War Museum’s “Lives of the First World War” project.

She was appointed the official historian of the British Army Nursing Service in 2008. In 2010, she presented the Royal College of Nursing with her research into the 1,500 nurses who died in the two world wars and launched an appeal for a memorial. She was appointed in 2012 to the Academic Advisory Board of the Imperial War Museum for the World War 1 Commemorations.

In 2013 she held an International “Women in Warfare” conference, accompanied by an exhibition hosted at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, which then toured  the country and was featured during the Edinburgh International Festival 2014. The legacy of the conference is the establishment of a “Women in Warfare” education initiative.

McEwen is currently a World War 1 adviser to the BBC and other media networks, documentary makers and national publications. She has just completed a monograph In the Company of Nurses: The British Army Nursing Service in the Great War, published by Edinburgh University Press, September 2014.

This event is free and open to the public.

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