The 19th annual Jeans Lecture in History, featuring Christopher Capozzola, will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday April 4 in Anderson Justice Center Auditorium at MSSU.

Capozzola will present “Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen.”

 Christopher Capozzola, associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, teaches courses in political and legal history, war and the military, and the history of international migration. He specializes in the political and cultural history of the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present.

He graduated from Harvard College and completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2002.

In 2009, he won the James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for excellence in teaching in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. During the 2011-12 academic year, he served as Interim Associate Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. 

The Jeans Lecture in History is named in honor of Dr. Virgil and Virginia Jeans, longtime residents of Joplin.  Both followed the progress of Missouri Southern with keen interest.  They were lifelong learners and placed high value on education, and they produced two educators.  At their deaths, contributions in their memory were made to the Missouri Southern Foundation, and it is that support that funds the lecture series.  Funding is also provided by a U.S. Department of Education “Teaching American History” grant.

For more information, contact Dr. Steven Wagner at (417) 625-9587 or email .