March Public Programs at the National Archives
Press Release · Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Washington, DC

In March, the National Archives and Records Administration presents public programs covering a wide variety of topics including World War II, Women's History Month, Picturing the Century, and Military History.

Thursday, March 1 - World War II
Tim Maga will discuss his book Judgment at Tokyo: The Japanese War Crimes Trials. In contrast to Nuremberg, the trials in Tokyo received little attention by the world press. Professor Maga reviews the context for the trials, recounts the proceedings, and concludes that they were, in fact, decent examples of American justice and fair play. Professor Maga is the Ogelsby Professor of American Heritage at Bradley University and a former coordinator in the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. Noon and 7 p.m. Room 105.

Thursday, March 8 - Women's History Month/Korean War
Commander Frances Omori will talk about her book, Quiet Heroes: Navy Nurses of the Korean War 1950-1953. As the world commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, these navy nurses, who served quietly and never thought they did anything in the least heroic, are celebrated and thanked publicly. Noon and 7 p.m. Room 105.

Wednesday, March 14 - Picturing the Century Series
Jackson Davis and the Lost World of Jim Crow Education
The 6,000 images that are contained in the digitized holdings of the Jackson Davis Collection, Special Collections Department of the University of Virginia Library, offer a unique view into southern education during the first half of the twentieth century. Davis himself created most of the images with a specific purpose in mind - to demonstrate the abject condition of black schools in the South. The images detail conditions of black schools before and after the impact of reform and modernization. They represent a remarkable breadth of coverage and provide one of the most complete extant collections documenting the lost world of Jim Crow education. Rebecca Yokum, coordinator of the Jackson Davis Grant, will join Edward Gaynor, Associate Director of Special Collections, for today's presentation. The audience may view the Circular Gallery exhibition, "Picturing the Century," following the lecture. Noon. Room 105.

Thursday, March 15 - Women's History Month / Espionage
Linda McCarthy is back to talk about her book Spies, Pop flies, and french fries: stories I told my favorite visitors to the CIA exhibit center. Written by the founding curator of the CIA Exhibit Center, this book is based upon some of the extemporaneous monologues Linda McCarthy gave while conducting tours for VIP visitors to the Center, a museum of espionage-related artifacts located inside CIA headquarters. Noon. Room 105. 

Tuesday, March 20 - Military History
Anthony James Joes will discuss America and Guerrilla Warfare. From South Carolina to South Vietnam, America's two hundred-year involvement in guerrilla warfare has been extensive and varied. He analyzes the origins of each conflict, traces American involvement, and seeks patterns and deviations. Studying numerous campaigns, including ones staged by Confederate units during the Civil War, Professor Joes reveals the combination of elements that can lead a nation to success in guerrilla warfare or doom it to failure. Anthony James Joes is professor of international politics and director of the international relations program at St. Joseph's University. Noon. Room 105. 

Wednesday, March 21 - Women's History
Women's Words and Where to Find Them Women's voices are not always easy to find, for they have often been silenced by custom, limited education, loss of records, or disinterested listeners. In exploring the vast collections at the Library of Congress, Dr. Sheridan Harvey, the women's studies specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, has collected examples of the thoughts and feelings of women who came before us. She will read excerpts from some of her discoveries and discuss common and not so common places to look for women's words. These sources range from letters and diaries, to autobiographies and travel accounts, poems and novels, congressional hearings and missionary journals. Noon. Room 105.

Thursday, March 22 - Foreign Affairs
Pat Sykes will talk about her book, Presidents and Prime Ministers: Conviction Politics in the Anglo-American Tradition. Looking back over 200 years of history, Patricia Lee Sykes examines presidents and prime ministers to show how idealistic leaders have challenged liberal ideas and institutions within the Anglo-American tradition, and in the process have altered the political landscape. This unusual comparative study of chief executives examines, not only President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, but also three other pairs of leaders who used moral rhetoric to challenge the status quo: Woodrow Wilson and David Lloyd George, Grover Cleveland and William Gladstone, and Andrew Jackson and Robert Peel. Professor Sykes is an associate professor of political science in the department of government of the School of Public Affairs at American University. Noon. Room 105. 


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