World War II Explored in GPC Symposium

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World War II Symposium Explores the Era’s History, Science and Math

For Immediate Release

From the development of V-2 rockets, to Atlanta  during the 1940s, to  the treats made during rationing: All will all be part of a wide-ranging World War II Symposium presented Nov. 7 to 11 at Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston Campus Nov. 7 to 11. The free event is co-chaired by GPC instructors Paul Hudson, Debora Constable and Jonathan Lochamy.

The symposium is part of a college-wide “Salute to the WWII Generation” that will culminate Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, in a ticketed USO-style Big Band dance in the GPC Clarkston gymnasium. All symposium events are free and will be held in the JCLRC Auditorium, Clarkston, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, Nov. 7
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “Nursing on the WWII Home Front,” presented by Greta Mason Baldwin and members of the GPC nursing faculty. The talk will be in Building CI-1700
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. “The Chemistry of WWII.” Come experiment with GPC chemistry instructor Luise Strange de Soria and the GPC Chemistry Club as they talk about key breakthroughs during the war years. The event will include sampling some tasty snacks devised during rationing.

Tuesday, Nov. 8
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. GPC science faculty members Lynn Ziegler, Jim Guinn, Carl McAllister, and Fred Buls will give talks on “The Geology of the D-Day Landings; “The Development of Physics of the Norden Bombsight; “Medicine and Disease during WWII,” “Nuclear Weapons in WWII,” and “German Development of the V-2 Rocket.”

Wednesday, Nov. 9
10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. “The Nazi Death Camps,” will be discussed by GPC history faculty members Jean Hakes, Paul Hudson and Jason Flato. Topics are “The Lessons of Dachau” “Liberation of the Camps and Justice at Nuremberg,” and “The Problem of Evil and the Holocaust.”

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Cryptologists or anyone interested in puzzles will be fascinated by “Mathematics and WWII: ENIGMA and other Military Codes" presented by GPC mathematics professor Mohandas Raj.

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The film, “The Big Sleep,”  will be presented by GPC film instructor Elizabeth Lathrop and the GPC Film Club.

Thursday, Nov. 10
10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. “WWII Revolutionizing Physical Education.” Ever wonder when working out became so popular? It looks like the concept starting after the war. GPC physical education instructors Natalie Stickney and Nancy Storey present “Postwar Emphases on Weight Training and Recreation,” and “New Appreciation of Physical Fitness.”

11:30 to 12:45 p.m. “World War II Home Front.” GPC history instructor Ken Fenster explores our national pastime during WWII, while “Polish Americans and WWII,” is explored by GPC history professor Marc Zayac. “Atlanta and WWII” will be highlighted by GPC History professor Paul Hudson.

2:30 to 3:45 p.m. “WWII: Local, National and International” includes the topics, “Growing up in Miami during the War,’ by GPC social science instructor Arthur Chapman; “African Americans and WWII,” by GPC history professor John Damico, and by “ Fighting for Britain: African Soldiers in the Second World War,” presented by GPC instructor Ken Barrow.

During the week, a WWII military scale model exhibit will be available for viewing on the second floor of the JCLRC library. The library is open Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All symposium events are free and open to the public. The GPC Clarkston Campus is at 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston.
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