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Center Launches Military History Institute, Supports "Last Best Hope" PBS Documentary


Dr. Don Carleton, executive director of the Center for American History, has announced the formation of the Center's Military History Institute. World War II scholar Thomas M. Hatfield, Ph.D., will serve as director of the Institute. Hatfield, who is currently dean of Continuing Education at The University of Texas at Austin, will officially assume his new role at the Institute on February 1, 2007. The Studies in American Military History portfolio will include research projects and publications, conferences and symposia, and international study trips related to the Second World War.

But a primary focus of the Institute will be to instill in current and future generations of educators an

enlightened understanding of how military engagements shape our political, cultural, and societal landscapes.

Portrait of Thomas M. Hatfield

Thomas M. Hatfield, Ph.D., Director, The Military History Institute

Planning for the Institute's teacher education program is currently underway. A prime example of the kinds of projects that the Institute will foster is the new documentary film, "Last Best Hope: A True Story of Escape, Evasion, and Remembrance," which will air nationally on PBS, October 30, 2006, at 9:00 p.m. Central. Dr. Hatfield supported the film in its early stages with seed money for research, and the Center for American History provided a portion of the film's finishing funds.

Learn more about the Military History Institute.


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