World War II Series


World War II: Experience and Legacy is a series designed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ending of the war.  The series was put on hold during the spring but resumed for the fall term.  The full roster of presentations is listed below.

The next event in the series on Sept. 30 will feature Michael Meindl, who will discuss "Animating WWII: Animation on the Home Front and Beyond."  Meindl teaches in the Radford University School of Communication.

This presentation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

There is limited in-person seating for this event in McConnell Library Rm 271 (iLab in CITL), and a streaming option via Zoom is also available.

To register for in-person seating: WW II Animation Talk

To participate via Zoom please use the following: WW II Series Zoom

This event is free and open to the public.


The Full Schedule of Events for the World War II Series, Experience and Legacy, 75 Years Since the Victory:

August 26    Rhett Herman   An Archaeological and Geophysical Expedition to Guadalcanal.     

Sept. 2       Sarah Gilbert     Nursing on the Battlefield:  WWII and the Contributions of Nurses  

Sept. 9        Patricia Heberer-Rice     "Scientific Racism:  The History of Eugenics in Nazi Germany and the United States" Q&A Session with Patricia Herberer-Rice from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)

Sept. 16      Jennifer Hedges with Moira Baker    J. D. Salinger, War Trauma, and Fiction.

Sept. 23      Johnny Moore     "Keep Baseball Going":  The National Pastime during World War II

Sept. 30     Michael Meindl      Animating World War II: Animation on the Home Front and Beyond

Oct. 7        Neil Sigmon       Breaking Enigma:  The Bletchley Park Codebreakers and the Turing Bombe

Oct. 21       Neil Sigmon    Navajo Code of World War II

Oct. 28      Mike Montgomery   German Perspectives on VE Day

Nov. 4       Roann Barris   From the Holocaust to Now: Visual Narratives of Trauma

Nov. 11       Roann Barris    Posters Go to War: Visual Narratives of Trauma, Part II


This series is being sponsored and organized by the Department of History, the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, and McConnell Library.  For further information, please contact, Dr. Suzanne Ament ( or Dr. Matthew Oyos ( at 540-831-5147.



*(The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement)


Sep 25, 2020
Dr. Sharon Roger Hepburn