Speaker Series - Fall 2018 


Monday, 10 September 2018           ”Code Burgundy, The Long Escape:                                                                                     

                                                        A WWII Aircraft Gunner’s Miraculous  Jounrey” - 

                                                                        John Katsaros, decorated WWII Veteran, US Army Air Force

Tuesday, 9 October 2018             “The International Museum of WWII - A Treasure Trove of Iconic                          

                                                       Artifacts and Personal Stories" -

                                                                       Sue Wilkins, Director of Education, International Museum of WWII

Tuesday, 13 November 2018      "Pilgrimage to My Grandfather’s War: Two Grandaughters of WWI                                    

                                                       Soldiers Follow a Path of Discovery"                                                                            

                                                                       Carolyn Kingston, former instructor of Voice, N.E. Conservatory of Music;

                                                                      Toni Tasker, former Professor of Physical Therapy, Simmons College

Monday, 10 December 2018       “The U.S. Coast Guard’s Mission in Peacetime” -                                                                                      

                                                                      Commander John Cole, Executive Officer, Base Boston, United States Coast Guard





Speaker Series - Spring 2019 

Monday, 14 January 2019          Their Last Full Measure of Devotion: Lincoln at Gettysburg, November 1863 - (273)

                                                          The events that led Lincoln to make the single most famous speech in American political history, and the   

                                                          significance it retains to this day.

                                                          Dan Breen, Senior Lecturer, American Studies, Brandeis University

Monday, 11 February 2019        The Dong Ha Bridge (274)

                                                     The story of U.S. Marine Captain John Walter Ripley, who single-handedly blunted a major North 

                                                     Vietnamese offensive by blowing up a strategic bridge in South Vietnam.

                                                         Jim Ramsey, former Seabee company commander in Vietnam, whose battalion built the Dong Ha Bridge 3     

                                                          years before Captain Ripley destroyed it.

Monday, 11 March 2019            The Humor of World War II:  How Comedy Became one of our Strongest Weapons in the Path to 

                                                   Victory (275)

                                                         Michael Manfreda, attorney and former prosecutor, teacher, and lecturer in American military, political and   

                                                         intellectual history.

Monday, 8 April 2019                The Battles of Saratoga (276)

                                                         These decisive Revolutionary War battles marked a turning point in the war when France decided that the 

                                                          Patriots could win and thus entered the conflict on the side of the Americans.  

                                                         Bob Lewis, Captain USNR retired, Naval Aviator, Patrol Plane Commander in aircraft carrier- and later, shore-

                                                          based patrol planes.

Monday, 13 May 2019                The Proud Maritime History of USS Constitution (277)

                                                          From her launch in 1797 to her ongoing service as the Navy's oldest commissioned warship, USS 

                                                          Constitution has bolstered Americans’ belief in their own Navy and their country. 

                                                          Carl Herzog, maritime history instructor, professional sailor, and Public Historian, USS Constitution  Museum

Monday, 10 June 2019               Breaking the Enigma Code (278)

                                                          How Breaking the Enigma Code Shortened WWII by Two Years

                                                         Leon Poirier, Former researcher in radar, retired professor of electrical engineering and physics



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