World War II Series


World War II: Experience and Legacy is a series the commemorates the 75th anniversary of the ending of the war.  

The next, and final, installment in the series is on Wednesday, March 31, when Adam Bennett presents, “Powder, People and Politics: the Radford Ordnance Works and the New River Valley.”

Adam Bennett is a 2011 Honors Academy graduate of Radford University.  He now teaches in  Franklin County, Virginia.  His senior honors project researched the impact of the mobilization for World War II on the New River Valley.

To attend via Zoom, please click on the following:  WW II Zoom Room.

In-person: Owing to COIVD restrictions, there is limited in-person seating for this talk. (In-person attendance remains available only to individuals with an affiliation with Radford University.)  For in-person attendance, please register at WWII in the NRV. The talk will be delivered in the CITL iLab, 2nd Floor, McConnell Library.


If you missed a talk from last year, recordings of the presentations are becoming available.  Links to many of the talks are now active on the schedule below.

February 12  Suzanne Ament  Sing to Victory:  Song in Soviet Society during World War II

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

Sept. 2       Sarah Gilbert and Samuel Lee    Women on the Battlefield: Nurses in World War II.

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

Feb. 10    Tom Snediker  Life During Wartime: Jazz Music in Occupied Paris

March 10  Sandy French  Germany's Memory Problem -- The Memorial ot the Murdered Jews of Europe

March 24, Arye Ephrath Amazing Grace: My Holocaust Story.

March 31, Adam Bennett, Powder, People and Politics: the Radford Ordnance Works and the New River Valley


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)


May 5, 2021
Dr. Sharon Roger Hepburn