Lecture focuses on Hollywood, the Allies and WWII

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M. Todd Bennett, historian and associate professor of history at East Carolina University, will be featured speaker at Barton College for the BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History on Thursday. Bennett’s lecture will offer a look back on the World War II era as covered in his book, “One World, Big Screen: Hollywood, the Allies and World War II.”

Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, this program is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend.

Bennett has appeared on National Public Radio and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Diplomatic History and the Journal of American History.

Prior to joining ECU’s faculty, Bennett served with the U.S. Department of State, where he directed the Europe and Global Issues Division of the Office of the Historian and edited several volumes in the Foreign Relations of the United States series, the official documentary record of U.S. foreign policy. He has taught at George Washington University and the University of Nevada-Reno.

The National Endowment for the Humanities named Bennett a 2017–18 public scholar for his ongoing book project on the Hughes Glomar Explorer, a ship ostensibly owned by billionaire Howard Hughes that was at the center of a 1970s-era CIA project to raise a sunken Soviet submarine from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The Association of Centers for the Study of Congress, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute are among the institutions that have supported his research.

This lectureship is endowed by BB&T and co-sponsored by the Barton College School of Humanities and the Wilson County Historical Association.

For additional information, contact James A. Clark, dean of the School of Humanities and the Elizabeth H. Jordan chair for Southern literature, at jclark@barton.edu or 252-399-6450.