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Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr.
Distinguished Lecture Series

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.   

Rick AtkinsonRick Atkinson

Presentation topic: 

Ten Things Every American Should Know about World War II
Atkinson 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.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

USC Upstate Campus  
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC
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Ticket Information:

$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. Presentation
Humanities & Performing Arts Center Theatre 

Books available for purchase:

The Long Gray Line
An Army at Dawn
The Guns at Last Light

Handicapped seating is available but is limited. Please advise during reservation.

Reservations are required either online or by calling (864) 503-5235. 

Rick 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.

Contact Us
Dr. Robert McCormick
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 864-503-5723

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sponsorship opportunities contact: 

Bea Walters Smith 
Director of Development and Foundation Scholarships 
bwsmith@uscupstate.edu 
864-503-5235 

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