I am so excited for this. Tomorrow night, a panel of World War II veterans from the surrounding area will be on campus, speaking to students in a forum presented by the Community Engagement course.
We’ve reached the stage where over a thousand WWII vets are dying every day, so this is an incredibly special opportunity to interact with and learn from men who have experienced things we can’t even imagine in our liberal arts bubble. One of the veterans was a prisoner at Stalag Luft III, a Nazi POW camp used as the basis for The Great Escape. There will be time for questions, but God help you if you ask something stupid like “was Band of Brothers accurate” or something.
I really can’t express how great this is going to be. Last year, a group of Vietnam vets came to speak to my history class and the stories they told were fucking riveting.
Wednesday, April 25th @ 6:30pm in Gannett Auditorium