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.
Annual Trip to the Hill
Neil Denton, American Red Cross
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.