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From the Escadrille Lafayette to the American Red Cross: American engagement in WWI

At a time when we commemorate the centenary of the United States' engagement in WWI, the French Cultural Center invites you for an evening of remembrance and discussion about the actions of Escadrille Lafayette members and American Red Cross volunteers.

This passionate talk will be led by experts Christopher Capozzola, Associate Professor at MIT, Virginie Greene, Professor of French at Harvard, and Jean-Claude Redonnet, Professor Emeritus at Université Paris-Sorbonne.

Through discussing the cases of Norman Prince, founder of the Escadrille LafayetteVictor Chapman, one of the pilots of the Escadrille, and of Thomas Rodman Plummer, volunteer in the American Red Cross, who all three died in France, the speakers will address various aspects of the American engagement in WWI, during the neutrality and after. The talk will conclude with a larger reflection on the way this engagement changed American humanitarianism, and marked it to this day.


Christopher Capozzola is associate professor at MIT, where he teaches courses in political and legal history, war and the military, and the history of international migration.
Virginie Greene is a Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.
Jean-Claude Redonnet is Professor (Emeritus) and Research Director at Université Paris-Sorbonne.

This event is presented in English.

The event is free and open to everyone.

This event is part of the French Embassy's yearlong nationwide centennial commemoration of the United States entrance into WWI, How 1917 Changed the World.

Presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy with support from The French Mission du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale, in charge of the World War One Centenary in France. This program is endorsed by The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission as a commemorative partner, which recognizes commitment to educating the public about World War One and honoring those who served.