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250     East Tennessee in World War II

ww2 cartoonSecretary of State Cordell Hull, a Tennessean, was betrayed in Washington, D.C., by a Japanese delegation who knew America’s Navy was being attacked while they pretended to take part in peace talks. From this time, until the building of the bombs that brought the war to a sudden and dramatic end, Tennesseans played prominent roles throughout World War II. The important contributions, by East Tennesseans in particular, during the war years are covered in the book East Tennessee in World War II.  This work is the first-ever comprehensive history of the accomplishments of East Tennesseans during a critical time in our nation’s history.  The authors will review the just-released book and highlight the tremendous contributions of East Tennesseans.

Dewaine Speaks earned a BA in Economics from UTK and was an outfielder for the Volunteers baseball team. He was a member of the United States Air Force, the Tennessee Air National Guard, and is currently a member of the East Tennessee Veteran’s Honor Guard. He retired from Robertshaw Controls Company as National Sales Manager.   He is a member of the Author’s Guild of Tennessee and has previously published two books.

Ray Clift earned a BS in Biological Sciences Education and a MS in Industrial Technical Education from UTK. He holds a PhD in Business Management from Walden University.  Dr. Clift worked as an Engineering Graphics and Mathematics Instructor at the University of Georgia before joining Rohm & Haas Chemical Company, from which he retired.  He was a member of the United States Air Force, the Georgia Air National Guard, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Emerald Youth Foundation.

One session:  Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.—12:10 p.m., November 30

251 The Vikings and their Impact on History

This six session course will include a brief introduction before delving into the Viking origins, culture (language, society, and religion), system of laws, travels as plunderers and traders, settlements, and influence on the inhabitants of the areas where they settled, andpic of viking finally their legacy and contribution.

Ron Jones is a native of Knoxville, a graduate of Central High School, the University of Tennessee and a life-long student of history with a special interest in the War Between the States, the American Revolution, Scotland and the Scots-Irish, and the Vikings.  He is the author of three historical novels.  Since retiring, he has renewed his love of history through genealogy work and writing and speaking on each of these subjects.

Six sessions:  Tuesdays,  11:00 a.m. — 12:10 p.m., October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

252     A Brief History of Prussia: Where Did It Come From, What Was It, and Where Did It Go?

Prussians were originally one of several forest-dwelling heathen non-Germanic tribes along the Southern Baltic coast. This class will drawing of crestfollow Prussia’s history from its subjugation, colonization, Germanization, and Christianization by the Order of Teutonic Knights created by the Pope in 1226, all the way to its elimination as an ethnic Germanic province by the Russian Red Army in 1945. This class will briefly discuss: its creation; the Duchy of Prussia as a fief of Poland; its role in the reformation and the foundation of state socialism; the House of Hohenzollerns; the creation of Brandenburg-Prussia; the role of Prussia in the Thirty Years War; Frederick the Great’s elevation of Prussia to a great power following the Silesian conflict with Maria Teresa of Austria  and near death experience of the Seven Years War; the Polish Partitions;  Prussia during the French Revolution; the Prussian veto of a liberal German state in 1848; the creation of a militaristic conservative German state under Prussian in 1870: its role in WWI and the complete elimination of Prussia after WWII; and the German reunification treaties in 1990.

David Olsen is a retired PhD physicist from ORNL who worked in the Neutron Physics Division, Physics Division, and SNS Project.  He has had a lifelong interest in History, particularly European history, since in his view the present reality is simply the weighted summation of the past. Since retiring he has taken many history classes at UT Knoxville.

Four sessions:  Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.—12:10 p.m., November 10, 17, December 1, 8

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