800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 293031-864-503-5000
The Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series is dedicated to bringing significant scholars in history, political science, philosophy and religion to the University of South Carolina Upstate and the Upstate community. Sponsored by the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies at USC Upstate, the series features an address by distinguished scholar each spring.
Ten Things Every American Should Know about
World War IIAtkinson is among the most celebrated historians
of the Second World War, and his Liberation Trilogy—nearly 15 years in
the making—has achieved both critical and popular success. It is what every
American should know about the greatest epic of the 20th century. In this
presentation, Atkinson shares amazing stories and lessons about WWII while
discussing its seminal moments and how the war shaped our modern world, created
an American heritage, and led to great social change (especially in gender and
race relations), medical advancement, and more.
USC Upstate Campus
800 University Way
$45 for reception, book signing and presentation* Signed books are available for purchase
*USC Upstate faculty, staff and retiree rate: $35.
For more information, please contact
Bea Walters Smith at (864) 503-5235.
5:00-5:45 p.m. VIP Reception* Humanities & Performing Arts Center Stage
*Reserved for event sponsors only.
5:00-6:45 p.m. General Reception Humanities & Performing Arts Center Courtyard
7:00-8:15 p.m. PresentationHumanities & Performing Arts Center Theatre
The Long Gray LineAn Army at DawnThe Guns at Last LightHandicapped seating is available but is limited. Please advise during reservation.Reservations are required either online or by calling (864) 503-5235.
Atkinson recently completed The Guns at Last Light: The War in Europe,
1944-1945, the final volume of his Liberation Trilogy, a narrative
history of the U.S. military’s role in the liberation of Europe in World
War II. The first volume, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa,
1942-1943, received the Pulitzer Prize and was acclaimed by the Wall
Street Journal as “the best World War II battle narrative since
Cornelius Ryan’s classics, The Longest Day and A Bridge Too Far.” The
second volume, The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy,
1943-1944, drew praise from the New York Times as “a triumph of
narrative history, elegantly written…and rooted in the sight and sounds
of battle.” The Guns at Last Light, covering the last year of the
European war, from Normandy to Berlin, was published in May 2013, and
was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Sir Max Hastings in The Wall Street
Journal called it, “A magnificent book… Atkinson’s account of D-Day is
both masterly and lyrical.” Read more about Rick Atkinson.
Dr. Robert McCormick
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
For more information on sponsorship opportunities contact: Bea Walters Smith Director of Development and Foundation Scholarships email@example.com 864-503-5235
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