Seventy-five years ago, the world was engaged in the deadliest conflict in history. This spring, the Fairhaven Lecture Series will take a closer look at World War II — the Allies and the Axis, the international battlefields and the home front, the great powers and the greatest generation.

“A World at War: Taking a Closer Look at WWII” features presentations by faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Whitewater and Rock County campuses and will explore topics from the atomic bomb and the film and literature of the era to women war pilots and one family’s story of surviving the Holocaust.

All lectures are free and open to the public and are held at 3 p.m. Mondays in the fellowship hall of Fairhaven Senior Services, 435 W. Starin Road, in Whitewater.

The next installment is Feb. 11 and is titled Why American Literature Mattered in the 1940s, presented by associate professor of English John Pruitt.

Here is the rest of the schedule:

Feb. 18: The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb, Part 1, David McKay, senior lecturer of history

Feb. 25: The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb, Part 2, presented by Dave Carlson, senior lecturer of philosophy

March 4: American Politics in the Shadow of World War II: Re-examining the Presidential Elections of 1940 and 1944, presented by Louis Fucilla, assistant professor of political science

March 11: American Hegemony: The World the Greatest Generation Built, presented by F. Peter Wagner, associate professor of political science

March 18: Women of the Air: American Women Pilots in World War II, presented by Elizabeth Jozwiak, associate professor of history

March 25: Understanding the Soviet Experience in World War II, presented by Elizabeth Hachten, assistant dean, College of Letters and Sciences

April 1: WWII and the Creation of the Modern Middle East, presented by Molly Patterson, associate professor of history

April 8: The German-American Community and World War II: A Cautionary Tale, presented by Tim Holian, senior lecturer of languages and literatures

April 15: Children, Save Yourselves! One Family’s Story of Holocaust Survival, presented by Ron Berger, professor emeritus of sociology, criminology and anthropology

April 22: Humanity, Hospitals or Historical Monuments? Protecting Italian Cities From Aerial Bombardment During World War II, presented by Margo Kleinfeld, associate professor of geography, geology and environmental science

April 29: The West Is the Best/The Beast in the East: World War II Ends and the Cold War Begins, presented by Karl Brown, assistant professor of history

Street parking is adjacent to the building. Unable to attend? Links to videos of lectures, including those from prior series, can be found at

Those who have a disability and desire accommodations should contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or for more information.


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