Quincy University professor presents talks about World War II at Quincy Public Library

QUINCY – Quincy University’s Wendell Mauter, professor emeritus of history, will present “Faces of the Second World War” in a series of talks at the Quincy Public Library at 2 p.m. on Nov. 13, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12 and April 9.

World War II has been described as the largest, most complex and costly single event in human history. Mauter will explore the perspectives of those affected by the war and explain their unique experiences. The series of talks will examine what it was like to live through a war of this magnitude as a leader, soldier, airman, sailor, on the home front, as a woman and as a POW/incarcerated person.

Mauter also is presenting the lecture, “Dec. 8, 1941 — A Date the Should Live in Infamy: The Global Significance of the Eighth of December and the Attack on Pearl Harbor after 80 Years,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in Room 434 at Francis Hall, 1800 College.

Mauter will discuss what the Japanese really intended to do at Pearl Harbor and throughout southeast Asia and the Pacific on Dec. 8, 1941. He will examine why the Japanese military’s main target was not Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, what the attack on Pearl Harbor meant to Japan and why it was both a major victory and the beginning of the end for Japan. Mauter also will discuss what the attack meant to President Roosevelt in his Declaration of War address to Congress and the American public and what the attack meant for the rest of the world.

Mauter was a long-time professor at QU and has taught courses on World War II for years.

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