Lectures For Lifelong Learners!

Elizabeth Stice

Elizabeth Stice

Elizabeth Stice

History & Liberal Arts

World History, Art History

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Elizabeth Stice is a full professor of history at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, where she also serves as the Assistant Director of the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program. Her areas of expertise include modern European history, World War I, print culture, European imperialism, leadership, and the Great Books. She is the author of Empire Between the Lines: Imperial Culture in British and French Trench Newspapers of the Great War (2023). She is a regular contributor to multiple print and online publications for a broader audience, including Front Porch Republic, History News Network, Current, and Comment. An Army brat, Stice grew up all over, received a B.A. in humanities from Messiah University (2004), an M.A. in history from University of Hawai’i (2006), and a PhD in history from Emory University (2012). Her most recently published academic work is “Leading Like Lions: Junior Officers in the British Army during the First World War,” in the journal Leadership (August 2023).

Lectures include:

Winston Churchill: Fully Human And Heroic

Many of us know something about Churchill’s role as Prime Minister during World War II, but he had an interesting life from start to finish. This talk will review Churchill’s early life and rise to fame and his long and eventful career in politics. It will explore what made him such a great orator and his ability to foresee threats like the Third Reich. This talk will cover both familiar and less familiar parts of Churchill’s fascinating life story and listeners will leave with a better understanding of the man and the hero and the importance of strong and principled leadership.

Heroic Leadership in World War I

The soldiers of World War I are often described as “lions led by donkeys.” The war’s generals are considered some of the worst. But there were great leaders in the Great War among the junior officers, who could even get men to follow them out of the trenches to almost certain death. This lecture will look at the lives and obituaries of excellent British junior officers, with a focus on five key traits: bravery, self-sacrifice, a sense of duty, gallantry, and cheerfulness. The listener will come away with a better understanding of the Great War and of how great leaders succeed in some of the most trying conditions.

Heroic Leadership In World War II

During the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill praised the RAF saying that “never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” This talk looks at heroism in World War II, highlighting many different types of examples. We will consider the heroism of leaders like Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. We will look at the heroism of ordinary American soldiers, by considering the challenges of some of the war’s fiercest battles. You will hear about the heroic efforts of civilians, in Britain and in Russia. And you will hear about Ernie Pyle–who represented the heroism of a wartime correspondent and was an important link to the people back home in America, sharing information about their heroes.

The Liberal Arts: The Lifeblood of a Free People?

Despite the persistence of liberal arts colleges, some people today consider the liberal arts a luxury or a bastion of elitism. Historically, the “liberal arts” were the arts of a free people, contrasted with the “servile arts.” The ancients thought they were essential to good citizens and true freedom. That might seem like a bold interpretation of subjects like literature, history, science, and philosophy, but it was by reading the speeches and dialogues in The Columbia Orator that Frederick Douglass came to set his sights upon freedom from slavery. The liberal arts still have that power to inspire and empower today. What are the liberal arts, exactly? Why do they matter? This lecture will answer those questions and explore why the liberal arts are for everyone.

Renaissance Art

The Renaissance is one of the most famous periods in art history, but why? This talk explores what set the Renaissance apart from earlier eras and how it set the course for the future of art. This talk will cover the major artists, Renaissance art techniques, and the rise of the modern individual. At the end of the talk, you’ll be able to explain the significance of the time period and some of its major works and figures.

Abstract Expressionism: Breaking The Mold

Modern art: some people love it, some people hate it. But what is it? This talk will explore the Abstract Expressionist movement. We will talk about its history, key figures, and significance. By the end, you will be more familiar with some of the major abstract expressionist artists (Pollock, Rothko, Krasner, de Kooning, Frankenthaler) and some of their key works. You will understand how these creative disruptors kickstarted a new era in modern art.

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