Wed, June 18, 2014
Indomitable Will: Turning Defeat into Victory from Pearl Harbor to Midway
All lectures are held in the multipurpose rooms of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The building opens at 6:30 p.m., the talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972
June 18, 2014 (Wednesday)
Dr. Charles Kupfer
The United States' entry into World War II started with the dreadful surprise attack and defeat at Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan. The event sparked a resolve in the U.S public; a resolve the U.S. military fed upon to rebuild and viciously claw its way across the Pacific to the tide-turning battle of Midway. Dr. Charles Kupfer of Penn State University, Harrisburg, will give a lecture examining the U.S public and military's reactions to the Japanese surprise attacks and conquests of U.S and other Allied territories based on his latest book, Indomitable Will: Turning Defeat into Victory from Pearl Harbor to Midway. After Pearl Harbor, the Japanese forces seemed unstoppable, as they assaulted U.S forces in Bataan, Corregidor, Wake Island, and the Java Sea. However, Dr. Kupfer will illustrate how the assaults on Allied forces actually strengthened the alliance between the U.S. and the United Kingdom, paving the way for turning the war against the Japanese. Furthermore, Dr. Kupfer will explain how the defeats steeled the will of the American people and military to continue the war effort. Join the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) for an in-depth examination of the unbreakable American resolve during it's entry into World War II and how this resolve propelled the U.S forces to their later victories.
Dr. Charles Kupfer received his Bachelor of Arts from John Hopkins University and studied at Oxford University and the University of Texas to earn a Ph.D. in American Studies in 1998. Dr. Kupfer taught for three years at Michigan State University and served as president of the Middle Atlantic American Studies Association. He currently serves on the Eastern American Studies Association Board and is active in several Commonwealth Public Heritage initiatives, serving on the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Commission, the Friends of Fort Hunter Board of Directors, and as Penn State Harrisburg American Studies Program liaison to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Dr. Kupfer published his first book in 2013, We Felt The Flames: Hitler's Blitzkrieg, America's Story, published by Sergeant Kirkland's Press. Academic articles he wrote appeared in several journals, such as Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies, The International Journal of the History of Sports, Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture, and Pennsylvania History.