RU hosting semester-long series to commemorate 75th anniversary of World War II

To commemorate the lives of those who fought for freedom in World War II, Radford University is hosting a semester-long series of events dedicated to remembering the heroes’ significant impact on society.

The “World War II 75th Anniversary Series: Experience and Legacy” events is under way and running through April 29, with all events beginning at 4 p.m. on the third floor in the Andrew W. Ross Gallery inside McConnell Library. Dr. Suzanne Ament, professor of history, proposed the idea for the series of events.

“We want attendees to understand the dimensions of the war in different ways,” said Dr. Matthew Oyos, professor of history. “We want attendees to consider the perspective of that generation. What will the world be like without people who don’t know that awful conflict as a living memory? It’s a cautionary tale that we can all learn from today.”

The events covering all aspects of World War II, with collaboration from across Radford’s campus, are as follows:

February 26: FROM THE FRONT PORCH TO THE FRONT LINES: A FLOYD STORY; Radford University and Floyd County Public Schools Partnership with Dr. Melinda Wagner and Kathleen Ingoldsby

March 4: JAPANESE POLICY TOWARD ALLIED POWs with Leah Short

March 18: NURSING THE BATTLEFIELD; WWII AND THE CONTRIBUTION OF NURSES with: Sarah Gilbert, Ph.D.

March 25: THEATER OF WAR: TELLING WOMEN’S STORIES FROM NAZI EUROPE with Emily Keck, Ph.D.

April 1: KEEP BASEBALL GOING: THE NATIONAL PAST TIME DURING WORLD WAR II with Johnny Moore, Ph.D.

April 8: BREAKING ENIGMA: THE BLETCHLEY PARK CODEBREAKERS AND THE TURING BOMB with Neil Sigmond, Ph.D.

April 15: NAVAJO CODE OF WORLD WAR II with Neil Sigmond, Ph.D.

April 29: GERMAN PERSPECTIVES ON VE DAYwith Mike Montgomery, Ph.D.

The events will feature a dialogue between speaker and audience, a major goal of the series.

“We want a greater appreciation of perhaps how the past is still a living entity among us,” Dr. Oyos said.

The “World War II 75th Anniversary Series: Experience and Legacy” series of events is a cross-discipline collaboration, showcasing the vast impact of World War II and sponsored by the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of History, McConnell Library and the Office of the Provost.

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