People’s University Course On World War II Starts Tuesday

WHEELING — The next subject in the Ohio County Public Library’s popular People’s University series is World War II.

This series, featuring an array of historians and experts, is being offered in connection with the “We Can Do It! WWII” traveling exhibit from the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The exhibit is on display at the Ohio County Public Library through July 24.

The People’s University will meet in the library’s auditorium at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning this week and continuing through July 24. There will be no class on July 3 because of the Independence Day holiday.

All classes are free and open to the public. Patrons may attend as many classes as they wish. There are no tests or other requirements. To register for the People’s University, send an email message to the library at, call 304-232-0244 or visit the reference desk.

The full schedule for the People’s University is as follows:

∫ Tuesday — “A Return to Normalcy: America Between the Wars,” with instructor Dr. David Javersak of Wheeling. He is dean emeritus of liberal srts and professor rmeritus of history at West Liberty University.

∫ June 5 — “Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo: The Prelude to War,” with instructor Dr. Gary Kappel, the Perry E. and Aleece C. Gresham Chair in Humanities and professor of history at Bethany College.

∫ June 12 — “Blitzkrieg, Bombs and Battles: The Road to D-Day,” with Kappel as instructor.

∫ June 19 — “On the Home Front and Abroad: West Virginia and Wheeling in World War II,” with instructor Dr. Hal Gorby, teaching assistant professor and director of undergraduate advising at West Virginia University.

∫ June 26 — “On the Home Front and Abroad: Women in World War II,” with instructor Dr. Jerra Jenrette, professor of history at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

∫ July 10 — “On the Home Front and Abroad: African-Americans in World War II,” with instructor Gregory Cooke, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

∫ July 17 — “On the Home Front and Abroad: The Human Cost,” with instructor Dr. Jeff Rutherford, assistant professor of history at Wheeling Jesuit University.

∫ July 24 — “V-E and V-J: Victory, the End of War and the Aftermath,” with instructor Dr. Joe Laker, professor emeritus of history at Wheeling Jesuit University.


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