Wilson Center Newsletter, December 2011


November 8-9
Teacher's Institute at Montpelier


Dr. David Marion, Director of Academic Programs

Dr. David Marion was a guest instructor at a workshop for high school teachers from Prince William County Public Schools.  The two day workshop was held at Montpelier, the home of James Madison in Orange County.  


November 15
Annual Trip to the Hill




November 29
Current Events

Neil Denton, American Red Cross

Neil Denton



December 1
70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

On December 1, 2011, the Military Leadership and National Security Studies Program sponsored a mini-symposium commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  There were two sessions dealing with this significant event in US history.  The afternoon session featured an excellent lecture by our own History Professor, Dr. Eric Dinmore, whose field of expertise is the history of Japan.  He discussed the domestic and political situation in Japan which led to the decision to attack Pearl Harbor.  A very interesting aspect to his presentation was his argument that the majority of the Japanese public did not engage in Emperor worship and did not believe that he had divine attributes, a view of the Japanese people commonly held in the west.

In the evening session, Dr. David L. Snead, Professor of History at Liberty University, gave another excellent lecture dealing with the diplomatic situation in the Pacific prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor and discussed the attack in considerable depth.  One of his main points was the strong assertion that the attack was a result of a confluence of a number of factors - the skill and excellent planning of the Japanese, a degree of incompetence on the part of the US and a set of fortuitous circumstances.  He clearly does not believe in any sort of conspiracy on the part of the administration that enabled the Japanese to execute the surprise attack.

Eric Dinmore, Assistant Professor of History at HSC

Dr. Dinmore is also an advisor to students in the Asian Studies Minor program. He is currently on academic leave at Harvard University.  Dr. Dinmore is a Fellow in the very prestigous Asian Studies Center at Harvard.

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Dr. David Snead, Professor of History at Liberty University

Dr. Snead specializes in 20th century American diplomatic and military history. He has published the following books, The Gaither Committee, Eisenhower, and the Cold War (1999), An American Soldier in World War I (2006), In Hostile Skies: An American B-24 Pilot in World War II, and "John F. Kennedy: The New Frontier President." He is currently researching Eisenhower's national securities policies and the Seabees in World War II.



December 6

Current Events

"Occupy Wall Street"
 Dr. Tony Carilli, Dr. Celia Carroll and Dr. Ken Lehman

Carilli Carroll  Lehman