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Approaching the centenary of US official entry into World War One, the United States is again deeply involved in global armed conflicts. As another generation of US students are shaped in large part by US involvement in global war, A Century of Conflict: Dialogues on the US Experience of War since 1917 highlights the importance of the international arena to US ideals, US global interaction that touches on all fields of study..
'The Common Experience brings students together to read and engage with a powerful text, explore related themes in University Seminar classes, write responses and reactions to the text in writing courses, participate in related symposia with scholarly panels, hear renowned and respected speakers address the topic, see films related to the Common Experience theme, explore the experience by way of the fine arts, engage in informal discussions in residence halls and coffee shops, and extend the exploration via the avenues of their own choosing.'