Fiddick Lecture to Discuss "The GI Generation: Sending American Soldiers into Battle in World War II"

Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014

The University of Evansville’s Department of History is proud to welcome Evansville native Theodore Wilson, Professor of History at the University of Kansas, for the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture.

Dr. Wilson will present "The GI Generation: Sending American Soldiers into Battle in World War II" at 7 p.m. Friday, October 10, in Eykamp Hall (Room 252, Ridgway University Center). His lecture is free and open to the public.

“Theodore Wilson is one of the most distinguished historians of the Second World War working in America today, and we are absolutely thrilled to bring him to the University of Evansville to deliver the Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,” said Dr James MacLeod, UE professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture. “As we mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and some of the other battles where young Americans changed the course of world history, it is the perfect time for our community to hear from one of the world’s foremost authorities on the United States Military between 1941 and 1945.”

Theodore A. Wilson grew up in Evansville and received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1966. He has been a member of the University of Kansas faculty since 1965. His research has focused on the intersections of politics, national security policies, and foreign affairs between 1940 and 1975, and in recent years chiefly on the military dimensions of World War II. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEH fellowships, Wilson has held visiting appointments at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Leicester University, and University College Dublin. He served as Senior Research Fellow during 1989-91 at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. He is the author or editor of such works as The First Summit: Roosevelt and Churchill at Placentia Bay, 1941; Makers of American Diplomacy; D-Day 1944 and Victory in Europe, 1945: From World War to Cold War. Since 1986, he has been General Editor of the University Press of Kansas series, Modern War Studies. Forthcoming books include Coalition Warfare: A History and Building Warriors: The Selection and Training of U.S. Ground Combat Forces in World War II.

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