Brookdale Community College World War II Studies speaker series available for podcast sponsorship

Prof. Paul Zigo, director of the Brookdale Community College Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution
Prof. Paul Zigo, director of the Brookdale Community College Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution

We are pleased to present an important opportunity for community-minded organizations to help underwrite a series of podcasts to capture these presentations by military and politican historians – and the recollections of first-hand witnesses to the awesome history of World War II.

The Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution at Brookdale Community College, in Monmouth County, NJ, has announced its Fall 2010 World War II Studies Series programs.

It’s a special treat for me to get to work with Prof. Zigo again. As a student broadcaster at Monmouth College in the 1970s, I was production engineer for Paul’s popular “Speaking of Monmouth” radio program when he was director of community relations at the school. We’ve stayed in touch over the years and enjoy working together on these podcast programs.

Underwriting podcast production as a presenting sponsor can be a cost-effective way to link your company or organization in your customers’ minds as a community-minded citizen willing to support the distribution of important, newsworthy content in podcast format, even if it does not directly promote the products and services you sell. If you are interested in sponsoring any of these historical podcast programs, please contact us.

See below for examples of our Brookdale podcasts, and the complete list of Fall lectures in the World War II series.

We produced podcasts previously at Brookdale for the Center, which you can hear below:

Participants in the Brookdale Community College Forum on Conflict Resolution
In this inaugural podcast on behalf of the Brookdale Community College Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution, we hear a lecture on the history and culture of the Arab World, presented as part of the Center’s Fourth Annual Conflict Resolution Forum. Participating were (from left): Dr. Robert Abel, director, international programs at the Davidson Laboratory, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, a member of the Forum’s planning committee; Audrey Shabbas, national representative of the Middle East Policy Council and the featured lecturer at the Forum; Sherri West, professor of World History at Brookdale; and Paul Zigo, director of the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution.

Listen to the podcast here:

We also produced a groundbreaking podcast on the traumatic changes confronting the news media, in a Brookdale program on the “Changing world of American journalism.”

Listen to the podcast here:

Here’s what the Center for World War II Studies has on tap this fall:

“THE MUSHROOM CLOUD FOLLOWED ME TO NAGASAKI – MEMORIES OF A DOUBLE ATOMIC BOMBING SURVIVOR”

Tsutomu Yamaguchi survived two atomic bombings.  On August 6, 1945 he witnessed the destruction of Hiroshima and just 3 days later, he watched a second atomic bomb consume his home town, Nagasaki.  In March 2009, Yamaguchi was officially recognized by the Japanese government as a double survivor.  Chad Diehl’s intriguing talk will illuminate the existence of many double survivors and focus on the attempts by them to deal with their double traumas – in Yamaguchi’s case by composing poetry about his experiences.  Diehl has translated this poetry.  Come and hear about the history of the bombings, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, his poetry, and the little known story of the double atomic bombing survivors.  It is all about history that unfolded 65 years ago almost to the date.

“GENERAL ALBERT WEDEMEYER – ARCHITECT OF VICTORY IN WORLD WAR II” DR. JOHN Mc LAUGHLIN, PRESIDENT, NJ WORLD WAR II BOOK CLUB

General Albert Wedemeyer in the spring of 1941 worked in the U.S. Army War Plans Division and became the principal author of its Victory Program, a comprehensive study of what manpower and material resources would be needed to defeat the Axis powers in the event of war with them.  His numbers proved close to the numbers actually mobilized.  During World War II, as a war plans expert, he accompanied Army Chief of Staff, General George C. Marshall to many of the Allied war conferences and became most responsible for the planning and organization of D-Day, 6 June 1944.  However, although most responsible for the planning, General Wedemeyer was never given the chance to participate in the operation.  Dr. McLaughlin will address this very interesting situation as well other facets of Wedemeyer’s career.  The presentation is a fascinating story of wartime politics.

“IRWIN ROMMEL: THE TRUE NATURE OF THE FAMOUS GENERAL” – DR. WERNER KOFLER , MILITARY HISTORIAN, AUTHOR

One of Hitler’s most charismatic generals who was best known for his victories during the Western Desert Campaign, 1941-1943, Field Marshal Irwin Rommel became a legend to those who fought against him.  Today, however, German military historians do not highly regard the Field Marshal and his exploits.  Come and hear American historian Dr. Werner Kofler reveal the true nature of the general and the leadership he brought to bear.  Judge for yourself what Rommel’s impact on WW II history should be

“LIVING THROUGH HELL” LESLIE SCHWARTZ, AUTHOR AND ONE OF LAST SURVIVORS AUSCHWITZ

Born in a small Jewish community in Hungary, Leslie Schwarz led a largely smooth life until the late 1930’s when anti-Semitic laws were implemented throughout his homeland.  Normal life changed dramatically and came to an abrupt end with his deportation along with his family to the Auschwitz death camp in the spring of 1944.  “Living through Hell” is Schwartz’s story of surviving the Holocaust and relating what the Holocaust was truly all about.  Come and listen to “living history” describe from personal experiences one of the most tragic episodes in world history – an evening you will not forget.

“THE AIR WAR OVER JAPAN – A FIGHTER PILOT’S MEMORIES” – JERRY YELLIN, FORMER WORLD WAR II FIGHTER PILOT, AUTHOR

Graduating from U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot training in 1943, former Captain Jerry Yellin flew P-40 Warhawks, P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs on combat missions throughout the Pacific theater of war.  He participated in the first land-based fighter missions over the Japanese home islands and will relate in his presentation his many harrowing hours “behind the stick” in attempting to gain air supremacy over Japan – a battle that just had to be won!  Jerry Yellin is the author of the award winning military history book, The Blackened Canteen.

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