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School of Humanities and Fine Arts to Present Lecture by National Television Scriptwriter Donald Miller

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Posted: Monday Oct 14, 2013

Oct. 14, 2013

Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts and its Charles G. and Anita L. Manoli Scholarship Committee will present a lecture by Dr. Donald L. Miller, a graduate of Saint Vincent who has served as the author, commentator and scriptwriter of more than 40 national television productions, at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent. The talk is entitled, “Masters of the Air: the 8th Air Force in World War II.” Admission is free and open to the public but advance reservations are requested.

Manoli, who taught at Saint Vincent for more than 40 years, is a graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School (class of 1945) and Saint Vincent College (class of 1951) and was honored by the college with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 2005. He will be a distinguished guest and honoree at the lecture and subsequent reception.

Dr. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and an expert on World War II, among other topics in American history. Miller’s primary interests are modern United States social history and urban history, Civil War and slavery, war and modern memory.

Miller received his undergraduate from Saint Vincent College, his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and joined the Lafayette College faculty in 1978. He has also taught at Cornell University’s School for Industrial and Labor Relations, the Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Oxford University. He is the recipient of an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Saint Vincent College and Outstanding Alumni awards from the University of Maryland and Ohio University.

Miller has been an historical advisor, commentator, scriptwriter or host for more than 40 television productions, including the History Channel’s Movies in Time, and the national television productions Ulysses Grant; Abe and Mary Lincoln; April, 1865: The Month that Saved America; The Rockefellers; The Great Chicago Fire; Marshall Field: American Merchant Prince; The Hidden History of Chicago; Night of the Long Knives; and America, 1900, winner of the prestigious Peabody Prize. He served as an on-camera expert for a documentary on the Chicago World Fair of 1893, which appeared on the National Geographic Channel.

Miller has won six awards for excellence in teaching, five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a number of prestigious book awards.

Miller’s book Masters of the Air was selected by three major book clubs: Book of the Month, History Book Club and Military History Book Club. The book was added to the reading list of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Professional Reading Program. Miller also appeared as an on-camera expert on the PBS American Experience program The Bombing of Germany. The one-hour documentary premiered in February 2010 and was based in part on Miller’s book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany. Miller served as the production’s principal consultant.

“The history of the American air war against Germany is the story of an experiment: the testing of a new idea of warfare,” Miller writes. “American bomber crews learned to fight the air war by experience and experiment, every mission a learning exercise. It was a special kind of experience, different from that of the ground forces.”

Reservations for the lecture and reception are requested by phoning Marsha Kush at the Humanities and Fine Arts School, 724-805-2814 or marsha.kush@stvincent.edu by Oct. 25.

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Photo: Dr. Donald L. Miller 

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