Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
EXCERPTS FROM KEN BURNS’ THE WAR TO PREVIEW
AT QUEENS COLLEGE ON SEPTEMBER 20
--The Programs New York Goes to War and New York War Stories Will Also be Shown;
Distinguished World War II Veterans Will Reflect on Their Experiences
in a Panel Discussion with Military Historians--
|When: ||Thursday, September 20 ||2 – 4:15 pm |
| ||Screenings ||2:15 – 3:05 pm |
| ||Panel Discussion ||3:05 – 3:40 pm |
| ||Audience Q &A ||3:40 – 4:15 pm |
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|Where: ||Rosenthal Library, Room 230 (from the café at the main entrance, take the |
| ||stairs located next to the Armstrong Archives down one level) |
| ||Queens College |
| ||65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY |
| ||Directions: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php |
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|Admission: || |
Free and open to the public; seats available on a first-come, first-seated basis.
FLUSHING, NY, September 10, 2007—Excerpts from the first episode of the powerful new Ken Burns series The War will be the focal point of an event that brings together military historians and distinguished veterans who served in World War II. The program will also include two documentaries—New York Goes to War and New York War Stories—that, in the style of Burns’ work, present the local perspective. After the screenings, panelists will discuss the films, the historical background of the war, and their personal experiences. Then audience members will be invited to ask questions and offer their own observations.
- Arnold Franco, a Queens College alum from the class of ’43, is a former military code breaker who holds France’s highest award, The Legion of Honor. Mr. Franco made possible the college’s World War II Veterans Memorial—over 60% of Queens College students enlisted or were called to duty—as well as an intergenerational history research project for Queens College students.
- Ward Chamberlin, one of the founders of public broadcasting television in the United States, has had a 35-year career in public television and radio. During the Second World War, as a member of the American Field Service (AS), he was attached to the British Army in North Africa and Italy, reaching the rank of major. Mr. Chamberlin entered government service after the war and was assigned to the Marshall Plan in France and England.
- Sol Abrams is a former Signal Corps member who served under General MacArthur during Operation Cartwheel in the Bougainville Campaign in New Guinea. An active member of the Queens College student commuity, he audits classes on military history and helps to illuminate lesser-known aspects of the war for his classmates.
- Chris De Rosa is a professor of American military history at Monmouth University.
- Jay Lockenour is a professor of modern German history and military history at Temple University.
- Mike Perry, an Army veteran, is the director of the Army Heritage Center Foundation in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
- Bobby Wintermute (moderator) is professor of military history at Queens
A joint effort of the History Department and History Club of Queens College, this program is being presented with the cooperation of THIRTEEN/WNET and WLIW. The organizers of this event hope to recognize the contributions and experiences of New York City veterans and their families during a time of tremendous sacrifice and unequaled accomplishment.