The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience is proud to host lectures, conferences, and events that promote the study and discussion of the Second World War and the human dimension of wartime. We strive to bolster interest and participation within the academic community, among students at Florida State University and beyond, and among the general public to preserve the legacies of those in combat and those on the homefront who sacrificed their lives for their country.

Please see below for our upcoming events. If you are interested in visiting the Institute, please contact our Archivist, Mike Kasper, at, or visit our Contact Us page for more information on how to get in touch.  

Upcoming Events

February 6, 2018 - Annual Spring Lecture with Ronit Stahl:



February 16, 2018 - Letters in Troubled Times: Evaluating Epistolary Sources:


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March 13 - April 16 - Artistic Expression through Conflict: The Use of Art in World War II Exhibit:

The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience and Chipola College invites you to visit our collaborative exhibit, “Artistic Expression through Conflict: The Use of Art in World War II.” 

The exhibit opening will occur on March 13, 2018 from 5:30-6:45 PM. This event will include a short lecture by Dr. Kurt Piehler and a reception sponsored by Chipola College. “Artistic Expression through Conflict: The Use of Art in World War II” will be held at Chipola College's Center for the Arts in the Art Gallery, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna Florida, 32446. The exhibit will be open weekdays from March 13-April 16, 2018. The exhibit will temporarily closed during Spring Break, March 19-23. The exhibit's daily hours will be Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm and Friday, 9am-Noon. Admission is free of charge. 

“Artistic Expression through Conflict: The Use of Art in World War II” focuses on the many artistic methods individuals used to tackle the circumstances of war.  Contributors to this exhibit experienced the war on all fronts and likewise used all forms of art to document those experiences. Unlike letters and photographs, this art was not subject to the same censorship. These forms of art are significant then as they illustrate the complex and authentic emotions of the individual. While this exhibit is open to the general public, it will especially attract those interested in art and history.      

American soldiers, foreign soldiers, and civilians created the items on display. The exhibit features items created by Peter Sanfilippo, Rolande Faucon, Mildred Shearer, USO performer Marguerite Jackson Fischer, and other notable artists. All of the artifacts were donated by their creators to the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at Florida State University.   

April 29 - Saving Private Ryan Showing at the Askew Student Life Center:

More information coming soon!

Past Events

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

September 7, 2017 - Student-Faculty Mixer and Institute Open House:


September 19, 2017 - Annual Fall Lecture Series:


The Institute celebrated our 20th anniversary celebration in preserving the legacy of the Second World War with distinguished public servant, lawyer, and FSU alumnus Peter M. Dunbar. This lecture, titled “A Son Discovers His Father’s War: Before They Were the Black Sheep” followed the story of his father, Carl O. Dunbar, and his time in a Marine Corps fighter squadron in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Peter Dunbar is the managing attorney of the Tallahassee office of Dean, Mead & Dunbar law firm.  He is an honors graduate from the College of Law at Florida State University.  Prior to returning to private practice, he served as General Counsel and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of the Governor and later as the Governor’s Chief of Staff during the transition period between the administrations of Governors Martinez and Chiles.  Mr. Dunbar served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives for ten years; and he served two terms as a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics and was the Commission’s Chair in 1999 and 2000.  He is the author of 5 books on community association housing, including The Condominium Concept, The Law of Florida Homeowners Associations and The Resident-Owned Community Guide for Florida Cooperatives.  His most recent book, Before They Were the Black Sheep, is a historical account of a Marine Corps fighter squadron during the Battle for the Solomon Islands in 1943.

November 7, 2017 - Movie Showing -  The Best Years of Our Lives


Institute on World War II and the Human Experience and Askew Student Life Cinema celebrated Veterans Day, recognizing the experiences of veterans during and after war. Winner of the 1947 Academy Award for Best Picture, The Best Years of Our Lives follows the stories of three World War II veterans and their journeys back into civilian life. This movie is co-sponsored by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, the Askew Student Life Cinema, and the Allies of World War II registered student organization.

November 9, 2017 - Annual Veterans Day Lecture:


Institute on World War II and the Human Experience and Fordham University Press hosted the 2017 Annual Veterans Day event analyzing and celebrating the contribution of soldiers during war and their later experiences. Kent Puckett is an Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Bad Form: Social Mistakes and the Nineteenth-Century Novel, Narrative Theory: A Critical Introduction, and War Pictures: Cinema, Violence, and Style in Britain, 1939-1945.  This lecture focused on Laurence Olivier’s 1944 film Henry V in the context of British cinematic style, wartime writing about Shakespeare, and the philosophy of propaganda and its effects on the British Homefront.


84th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History - 2017

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

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