The Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities at The University of Toledo College of Arts and Letters kicks off its 2021-22 speaker series in collaboration with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library with a discussion of the crucial year 1941 and the larger history of World War II.
Dr. Robert Padilla, associate professor of history, and Dr. Barry Jackisch, director of the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities and visiting associate professor of history, will present the free, public program titled “Turning Point 1941: Rethinking World War II 80 Years On” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the main branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St.
“I believe strongly in highlighting UToledo’s outstanding faculty and placing them in a public setting where local residents can benefit from their knowledge and expertise,” Jackisch said. “In our first event in the Humanities in Public series in partnership with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, we will explore key events of World War II during 1941, a pivotal year in the conflict. We’ll discuss how historians have interpreted the larger significance of these events and how certain assumptions about the war continue to survive in public memory 80 years after the fact.”
To join the event virtually, visit the Facebook event page.
The Humanities in Public series continues in 2022 with a talk titled “Dorothea Dix: A 19th Century Female Activist and her Complex Legacy,” featuring Dr. Kim Nielsen, professor of disability studies, history and women’s and gender studies at UToledo, and a presentation on “The ‘Korean Wave’ in the U.S.: Understanding the Rise of Korean Pop-Culture,” featuring Dr. Joey Kim, assistant professor of English at UToledo. The dates and times will be shared once they are finalized.
Visit the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities’ website to learn more about programming and initiatives.