- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - Scholars will discuss former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s views and influence on World War I during the 9th annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium this week.

The event will be held Thursday through Saturday at Dickinson State University and in Medora. This year’s event coincides with the 100th anniversary of the first World War.

Roosevelt’s presidency had ended five years earlier, but he called for military preparedness and for early entry into the war. He also insisted his four sons take part in the war.

“Roosevelt’s clarion call echoed into his own family and reverberated throughout the nation and the world,” Sharon Kilzer, project manager for the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State, said in a statement. “We will look at the roots of the crisis, Roosevelt’s response, his family’s participation, and views of the war from North Dakota and from Europe.”

The symposium’s keynote speaker is Geoffrey Wawro, history professor at the University of North Texas and director of the school’s Military History Center. Other scheduled speakers include Lamar University history professor J. Lee Thompson and R. Joshua Reyes, a park ranger at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, which is the Roosevelt family home in Oyster Bay, New York.

Roosevelt ranched and hunted in the western North Dakota Badlands before moving on to the White House. Dickinson State’s Theodore Roosevelt Center is home to the Roosevelt digital library.

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Online:

Theodore Roosevelt Center: www.trcenter.org

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