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, or visit our Contact Us page for more information on how to get in touch.  

Upcoming Events:

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