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Austin Peay State University Provost Lecture Series to discuss Axis Prisoners of War (POWs)

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University history faculty member whose research focuses on prisoners of war (POW) will talk about the Axis POWs held in the U.S. during World War II as part of the next Provost Lecture Series at APSU.

Dr. Antonio Thompson, associate professor of history, will present at 3:00pm, Thursday, November 15th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series also can be viewed in real time via online streaming . The sessions also are recorded and can be viewed later on APSU’s iTunes public site .

Thompson received an APSU Summer Faculty Development Grant to expand his POW research to include Italian and Japanese POWs housed in the U.S. during WWII. He has an article on the Italian POWs housed at Camp Crossville, Tennessee, in preparation and recently was interviewed for a PBS special on Camp Crossville.

Additionally, an article on German, Japanese and Italian POWs will be included in a two-volume collection of essays edited by Thompson and APSU history professor Dr. Christos Frentzos to be published by Routledge Press in 2013.

Thompson is an alumnus of APSU, graduating with his B.S. in history in 1998. He began studying the German POWs housed in Kentucky and Tennessee during WWII for his master’s thesis at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY and continued this research on a national scale for his dissertation at the University of Kentucky. He has two books, one about WWII German POWs housed in Kentucky and a second about WWII German POWs housed in the United States.

Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the MUC, Room 303 and include the following:

Provost Lecture Series for 2012-13
November 29th Leong Lee
January 10th Taj Hashmi
January 17th Foloshade Agusto
January 24th Mercy Cannon
January 31st C.M. Gienger
February 7th Tatsushi Hirono
February 12th Christopher Burawa
February 14th Alex King
February 21st Andriy Kovalskyy
February 28th Suta Lee
March 7th Sergei Markov
March 21st Kristofer Ray
March 28th Ayman Alzaatreh
April 4th Stephen Truhon
April 11th Jason Verber
April 18th Paul Collins
April 19th Carol Baskauf


The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931.221.7992 or email him at johnsonb@apsu.edu.


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