Monday, April 5, 2010

"Greatest Generation" Subject Of TTU Talk

A native East Tennessean who holds a doctorate from Harvard will visit the campus of Tennessee Tech this evening to present a talk entitled, "The Best Years of Their Lives? The Greatest Generation’s Return from World War Two." The lecture is based on Thomas Childers's recent research and book about war veterans. Childers, a University of Pennsylvania history professor, says the title plays off the name of the 1946 Academy Award-winning film that featured the stories of three veterans who deal with extensive injuries, post-traumatic stress syndrome and alcoholism. He says the point is not to undermine the notion of the Greatest Generation, but to suggest that the price they paid was actually much greater, and the toll they took was much greater, than what other stories may lead you to believe. Childers’ presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium, and it is free and open to the public.