Zero Hour: World War II After 70 Years

Thursday, 30 April 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 3rd Floor, Glasscock Building Texas A&M University

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.  On 30 April, a group of scholars from a range of disciplines will consider the impact of that conflict on the world in which we live.  Presenters will discuss the war and its aftermath in politics, literature, art, and on the lives of veterans who fought its battles.

SESSION I: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
CHAIR: Dr. Lorien Foote (Department of History)
Dr. Nathan Bracher (Department of International Studies): “Writing the Past in the First Person Present Imperfect”
Dr. Adam Seipp (Department of History): Liberation Day: “History, Memory, and the Death Marches”
Dr. Joshua Shifrinson (Bush School): “Allied Leaders and the World After the War”

SESSION II: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
CHAIR: Dr. Roger Reese (Department of History)
Dr. Jennifer Jones Barbour (Department of Communication): “Remembering the Greatest Generation: WWII Monuments and American Memorial Culture”
Dr. Marian Eide (Department of English): “Poetry after Auschwitz: Holocaust Memoir and the Challenge of Beauty”
Dr. Brian Linn (Department of History): “The US Army Faces its Postwar Future”

Keynote Lecture:
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“Commencement Day: Victory in Europe”

DR. ROBERT CITINOProfessor, Department of History, University of North Texas

Thursday, 30 April 2015, 3:00 p.m. 
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

Dr. Robert Citino is Professor of History at the University of North Texas.  He is a widely-recognized authority on the German military during the Second World War and has written a number of books on various aspects of military history.  His most recent book, The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Losing War in 1943, won the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award in 2013.

Lecture co-sponsored by:
The “World War II and its Global Legacies Initiative” at the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research