Events

The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience is proud to host lectures, conferences, and events that promote the study and discussion of the Second World War and the human dimension of wartime. We strive to bolster interest and participation within the academic community, among students at Florida State University and beyond, and among the general public to preserve the legacies of those in combat and those on the homefront who sacrificed their lives for their country.

Please see below for our upcoming events. If you are interested in visiting the Institute, please contact our Archivist, Mike Kasper, at ww2@ww2.fsu.edu, or visit our Contact Us page for more information on how to get in touch.  

Upcoming Events:

The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience has no upcoming events for the remainder of the Fall semester. Please check back soon for our Spring schedule.

Past Events:

Movie Showing- The Best Years of Our Lives:

Join the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience and the Askew Student Life Cinema in celebrating Veterans Day and recognizing the experiences of veterans during and after war. This event will be followed by a reception, and free popcorn will be provided for the first 100 people in attendance.

Winner of the 1947 Academy Award for Best Picture, The Best Years of Our Lives follows the stories of three World War II veterans and their journeys back into civilian life. This movie is co-sponsored by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, the Askew Student Life Cinema, and the Allies of World War II registered student organization.

Who: This event is free and open to the public.

When: November 7, 2017 at 7pm

Where: Askew Student Life Cinema
942 Learning Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306

Annual Veterans Day Lecture:

"Splendid Propaganda:" Henry V at War- A Public Lecture with Kent Puckett

Join the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience and Fordham University Press for this annual Veterans Day event analyzing and celebrating the contribution of soldiers during war and their later experiences. Kent Puckett is an Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Bad Form: Social Mistakes and the Nineteenth-Century Novel, Narrative Theory: A Critical Introduction, and War Pictures: Cinema, Violence, and Style in Britain, 1939-1945.

This lecture will focus on Laurence Olivier’s 1944 film Henry V in the context of British cinematic style, wartime writing about Shakespeare, and the philosophy of propaganda and its effects on the British homefront.

Who: This event is free and open to the public.

When: November 9, 2017, 6pm

Where: Fordham University- Lowenstein 12th Floor Lounge
113 West 60th Street (Columbus Avenue)
New York, NY 10023

Student-Faculty Mixer and Institute Open House:

Join the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience and the Florida State University Department of History to explore resources for Undergraduates on campus.

          -Tour the Archives

          -Meet with the Director and Staff

          -Mingle with History Faculty

          -Learn about research opportunities

Food and Refreshments will be provided.

Who: This event is open to all undergraduates and the public.

When: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 4-6pm

Where: Bellamy Building, 4th Floor

Annual Fall Lecture Series:

The Institute invites you to join us for our 20th anniversary celebration in preserving the legacy of the Second World War with distinguished public servant, lawyer, and FSU alumnus Peter M. Dunbar. This lecture, titled “A Son Discovers His Father’s War: Before They Were the Black Sheep” will follow the story of his father, Carl O. Dunbar, and his time in a Marine Corps fighter squadron in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Peter Dunbar is the managing attorney of the Tallahassee office of Dean, Mead & Dunbar law firm.  He is an honors graduate from the College of Law at Florida State University.  Prior to returning to private practice, he served as General Counsel and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of the Governor and later as the Governor’s Chief of Staff during the transition period between the administrations of Governors Martinez and Chiles.  Mr. Dunbar served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives for ten years; and he served two terms as a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics and was the Commission’s Chair in 1999 and 2000.  He is the author of 5 books on community association housing, including The Condominium Concept, The Law of Florida Homeowners Associations and The Resident-Owned Community Guide for Florida Cooperatives.  His most recent book, Before They Were the Black Sheep, is a historical account of a Marine Corps fighter squadron during the Battle for the Solomon Islands in 1943.

Who: This event is free and open to the public.

When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 5pm

Where: Alumni Center Ballroom

               1030 W. Tennessee Street

               Tallahassee, FL 32304