Public Invited to WWI Presentations Hosted by COTC’s Lifelong Learning Institute

NEWARK, Ohio, January 21, 2015 —The community is invited to attend a World War I (WWI) display and presentation hosted by Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Ret) on Friday, February 6, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Ohio Technical College campus located at 8660 E. Broad Street, Reynoldsburg. There is no cost to attend the program.

Conrad represents the Miami Valley Military History Museum, offering traveling displays throughout the state of Ohio, with a physical location positioned on the grounds of the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center. With a goal to perpetuate and preserve the memory of the veterans of our Armed Forces of the past, present, and future, Conrad will share artifacts and enlightening information that fosters patriotism and respect for veterans.

Following Conrad’s program, a special exhibit of the American Recruitment posters from WWI will be on display, beginning at 12:00 p.m., with a collection that commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Great War, enabling audiences an opportunity to capture a sense of what might have stirred one to go to battle.

At 1:00p.m., the Lifelong Learning Institute of COTC will offer the first of a 4-part course about World War 1, facilitated by Ed Lentz. WWI was called the Great War, and it was also famously termed "The War to End All Wars" by President Woodrow Wilson. It was a war that many people did not expect, and one that even fewer desired. It was initially fought by obsolete rules from an earlier time and became a savage struggle of men and machines on land, in sea, and in air. The course will review how it all began and how the war was waged on the home front and battle front, as well as the long legacy of a long war.

Lentz, an instructor and writer of American and Ohio History for over 45 years, has degrees from Princeton and The Ohio State University. He has authored numerous books and hundreds of articles, and he serves as a Historical Consultant to the Columbus Neighborhoods series on WOSU-tv.

The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) provides educational opportunities for mature learners of Central Ohio to broaden and expand their knowledge, share their life experiences, become more attuned to community resources, and interact socially with other lifelong learners. Peer-led and membership-driven, the LLI offers a year-round menu of courses, as well as lectures, writing workshops, book discussions, and "Coffee & Conversation" events that focus on the arts, literature, philosophy, science, languages, technology, spirituality, economics, and local, national, & world affairs.

The LLI operates on the COTC academic calendar, and registration is available now at a pro-rated amount of just $60.00, and for residents of Licking County over 60, the pro-rated fee is just $30.00 thanks to the Senior Levy Fund subsidy. The pro-rated membership fee covers courses offered Jan. 1–July 31, 2015. Licking County residents over 60 may register at a 50% discount thanks to the Senior Levy Fund. The general public is invited to attend the first of the 4-part LLI course on February 6 at no cost.

For more details, contact Vicki Maple, Manager, WDIC/LLI at COTC, phone 740-364-9565, email