World War II—What Happened and Why  Assorted clippings about World War II


Alternate Tuesdays • 2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. • Mackey Auditorium

September 19 • October 3, 17, 31 • November 14, • December 5

Today’s world can best be understood by viewing it through the lens of World War II, the dominant event of the 20th century. It—and its echoes—determined the borders and form of government of most countries in today’s world, and continues as a powerful force to the present day. The class will consist of:

  1. In-depth original material to provide understanding of critical events, including what happened and why things happened as they did.
  2. Videos, as appropriate.
  3. A limited amount of material from other sources on World War II to establish context for in-depth topics and serve as summary presentation of events that don’t receive in-depth treatment.

Fall 2017 will continue the Pacific War, beginning with Wake Island and the Philippines.

Instructors/Coordinators : Bob Caswell and Elwood Berry