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This event occurred on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in the University Center Raleigh Room on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.







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Aviation Historical Society

Formation of the Israeli Air Force


American WWII pilots who volunteered to form the Israeli Air Force tell their little-known adventures in a documentary at the Wednesday, February 22nd Aviation Historical Society meeting. Ironically, they flew German and British fighters to defend Israel in its earliest days.


This event occurred on Wednesday, February 22 at 10:30 AM at the Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, NC.


For more information, please contact Fred Alexander at aeroscribbler@gmail.com or 828-506-5869.




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Up to the Neck and In to the Death:

United States' Diplomacy and Pearl Harbor

Presented by Dr. Robert Hunt Ferguson

This event occurred on Thursday, November 17 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Raleigh Room of the University Center on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.



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Remember Pearl Harbor
75th Anniversary 1941 - 2016

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Veterans of the attack on Pearl Harbor are welcomed to Hawaii on December 3, 2016 for the memorial service




Operation Barbarossa at 75: Some Observations

Presented by Dr. Richard DiNardo, Professor for National Security Affairs at the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia.

This event occurred on Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Cardinal Room of the University Center on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.



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Richard L. DiNardo is Professor for National Security Affairs at the United

States Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia. He

obtained a B.A. in History in 1979 from Bernard Baruch College, part of the City

University of New York (CUNY). DiNardo then attended the Graduate School

and University Center of CUNY, receiving his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in

History in 1985 and 1988, respectively. DiNardo assumed his present position

with the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in January 1998.


DiNardo has an extensive record of publication. He has authored, co-authored

or co-edited seven books on topics ranging from German military history to the

American Civil War to the Royal Navy in the age of sail. His most recent work,

Invasion: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915, published by Praeger, appeared in 2015.

DiNardo’s previous book, Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915,

also published by Praeger in 2010, won runner-up prize for the World War I

Historical Association’s Tomlinson Book Award. One of DiNardo’s earlier

publications, Germany and the Axis Powers: From Coalition to Collapse,

published by the University of Kansas Press in 2005, is part of the required

reading in a course on coalition warfare at Air War College. Aside from books, he

also has published an extensive number of articles on a variety of topics in

scholarly journals and professional military publications.





The WNC Historical Association presented a program on Kiffin Rockwell of the Lafayette Escadrille at 2 PM on Saturday, October 1 at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC-Asheville.


Dr. Marc McClure of Walters State Community College delivered the program.


For more information, call 828-253-9231.


Kiffin Rockwell was an Asheville resident who joined the French Army at the start of World War I, was ultimately admitted into the French Air Corps, and became a legend in the American Lafayette Escadrille fighter squadron.




Preventing a Third World War:

The Creation of the United Nations and the Challenges of Global Cooperation


Presented by Dr. Jennifer Schiff, Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University.


This event occured on Thursday, December 3, in Forsyth Room 101 on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.






National History Day!


National History Day is an annual event that helps bring history alive for over half a million middle school and high school students, who participate in a national project-based competition. This year the regional contest is being held at Western Carolina University on March 19, 2016.

Click here for a flyer about National History Day.

For more information, contact Dr. Honor Sachs at hrsachs@email.wcu.edu



Unseen Scars

Combat Veterans Discuss the Personal Costs of War


Wars take their toll on nations and individuals. Men and women return from service indelibly marked by their experiences. Some of these marks are visible, others are not. As the Argentine writer Jose Narosky noted, “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”


This open forum brings together veterans from Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan to discuss their own wartime experiences and to address issues, questions, and concerns shared by soldiers and civilians.


This event occurred on Tuesday, November 10th in the UC Theatre.


Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn, director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, presented the lecture "A Deadly Hybrid: The Janowska Camp and the Holocaust in Ukraine" on September 17 at the University Center Theater at WCU.







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Dr. David Dorondo provided a brief introduction to the film.


Dr. David Dorondo of Western Carolina University’s Department of History presented “‘Conscious of No Anachronism’: Austro-Hungarian Cavalry on the Eve of War, 1914.” The talk was held on Tuesday 24 March in Room 130 of the Bardo Arts Center on the WCU campus.


Dr. David Dorondo, the moderator of the Carolina Roundtable, is Sossoman Associate Professor in the Department of History at Western Carolina University. Dr. Dorondo received his D. Phil. from the University of Oxford and is the author, most recently, of Riders of the Apocalypse: German Cavalry and Modern Warfare, 1870-1945




John Lance presented "Seeds of Destruction: Aerial Mining in the Second World War" on Thursday, February 12 in the Bardo Arts Center, Room 130 at Western Carolina University.

This Round Table examined the effective combining of advanced anti-ship mines and combat aircraft by all combatants during the Second World War. For island nations such as Great Britain and Japan, aerial mines presented a potential threat that in many ways was more serious than the bombing campaigns carried out by their foes. The technological, economic and cultural aspects of this unique form of warfare were addressed at this event.

John Lance holds a history degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a M.A. degree in European History from Western Carolina University. Prior to his time at WCU, the presenter spent twenty years on active duty as a helicopter pilot with various Air Force units. Mr. Lance resides in Asheville, NC and is currently working with Universal Security Solutions.



On Thursday, December 4, the Roundtable presented a screening of "War is Beautiful: A Journey Into The Spanish Civil War," a newly released documentary film that tells the story of James Neugass, an American poet and author from New Orleans who volunteered as an ambulance driver for the Abraham Lincoln Battalion during the Spanish Civil War. The film takes us on a journey through the eyes of James Neugass' son and his travels in Spain following his father's footsteps.


After the screening, Jim Neugass shared insights of his trip, of the father he never knew, and seleted readings of the book on which the film is based.


The event will take place in Room 130 of the Bardo Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University from 6 to 8:30 PM on Thursday, December 4.


Unseen Scars

Combat Veterans Discuss the Personal Costs of War


Wars take their toll on nations and individuals. Men and women return from service indelibly marked by their experiences. Some of these marks are visible, others are not. As the Argentine writer Jose Narosky noted, “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

This open forum brings together veterans from Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan to discuss their own wartime experiences and to address issues, questions, and concerns shared by soldiers and civilians.

This event occurred on Veteran’s Day, November 11th.





Dr. Richard L. DiNardo of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia presented on the subject of the Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign of 1915, one of the lesser known but most important campaigns of the First World War, on October 22, 2014 at Western Carolina University.

The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, one of the most successful offensives launched by the Central Powers, led to Russia's loss of Poland and affected the outcome of the entire war on the Eastern Front.



Luther Jones, Assistant Professor in the School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University, presented "Equipment and Munitions of WW II" on Wednesday, April 23 in the Catamount Room in the Western Carolina University Center.


Professor Jones is the designer/technical director for Western Carolina University's Stage and Screen Theater. He has numerous film and stage credits, including props master for Flat Rock Playhouse, the state theater of North Carolina.





Professor Saheed Aderinto of the History Department at Western Carolina University presented "Fighting for the Empire: Africa and Africans in WWII" on Wednesday, February 19 in the Catamount Room of the Western Carolina University Center. Dr. Aderinto discussed the contribution of African military personnel and African resources to World War II, as well as the impact of the war on the African continent and its relationship to the rest of the world.


Dr. Saheed Aderinto is Assistant Professor of History at Western Carolina University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. Dr. Aderinto's books include When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958 (University of Illinois Press).



Colonel Joseph Alexander, USMC (ret.) presented "70th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa on Wednesday, October 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in Room BP 346 at the Biltmore Park Campus of Western Carolina University in Asheville, North Carolina.


Joe Alexander is a retired Marine officer with 28 years active service, including two combat tours in Vietnam and global amphibious landing exercises in such places as South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, the Shetlands, and northern Norway. Retiring to Asheville, NC in 1988, he became a military historian and has published six books, including Utmost Savagery: the Three Days of Tarawa and Storm Landings: Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific. He has helped produce more than 30 television documentaries on US military history. He was the chief historian and writer for the exhibit design team during construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA.



Dr. David Dorondo presented "Administrating Terror: The Wannsee Conference" on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the Catamount Room of Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University.



The presentation examined the Wannsee Conference, a meeting of top Nazi officials held in a suburb of Berlin on 20 January 1942. The goal of this meeting was straightforward and chilling: to finalize the administrative preparations for the elimination of all Jewish peoples still located in Europe – in Nazi parlance a “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” Based on just one surviving record of recorded minutes, modern understanding of this conference is vital to an accurate comprehension of the true nature of the Third Reich. The Wannsee Conference was the planning workshop that signaled the start of the most infamous act of genocide in modern history. The conference lasted only ninety minutes, but the final result – the Holocaust – would have earth-shattering implications that still echo across the world to this day.


David Dorondo, the moderator of the Carolina Roundtable, is an associate professor in the Department of History at Western Carolina University. Dr. Dorondo received his D. Phil. from the University of Oxford and is the author, most recently, of Riders of the Apocalypse: German Cavalry and Modern Warfare, 1870-1945.

John Lance presented "Running Out of Time: British Policy and Strategy During the 'Phony War,' 1939-1940" to the Roundtable.


Previous events have included a lecture by Dr. David Dorondo on the role of the German cavalry in World War I. For a link to Dr. Dorondo's new book on the German cavalry, please click here.

Dr. Hubert van Tuyll, history professor at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia, spoke to the roundtable on the topic of "Low Countries in Great Wars, 1914-1945" on Friday, April 20. Click here for a link to Dr. van Tuyll's website if you like to learn more about him and his academic specialty.



Dr. Jennifer Schiff, assistant professor of Political Science at Western Carolina University, presented "Realism and the Dilemma of Security: An International Relations Perspective on the World Wars" on Wednesday, September 4 in the Dogwood Room of WCU's University Center.




Dr. Jennifer Schiff teaches several undergraduate classes on international relations, including Asian politics, ethnic conflict, global environmental policy, and Model United Nations. She received WCU's Excellence in the Teaching of Liberal Studies Award in 2012 and the College of Arts and Science Teaching Award in 2013. Her research interests and publications focus on environmental regimes, the politics of water scarcity, and the teaching and learning of political science/international studies. Dr. Schiff’s presentation will discuss several different theories of international relations and how those theories helped frame the events of the First and Second World Wars.https://www.google.com/maps/place/A.K.+Hinds+University+Center/@35.3112432,-83.1827439,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8859146ba7436b93:0x1f694e8ac7049b0f