Historian Melinda Pash to Speak About “American Veterans of the Korean War” on February 21

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WILSON, N.C. — January 26, 2017 — Barton College welcomes historian Melinda Pash as the featured speaker for the upcoming Heritage Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 21. She is the author of “In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation: The Americans Who Fought the Korean War,” published in 2012 by the New York University Press, and she serves as a full-time history instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville.

Pash’s lecture is titled “Unremembered but Not Unimportant: American Veterans of the Korean War.” The program will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend.

In 2010-2011, Pash served as a visiting professor at Japan Women’s University in Tokyo, Japan. When Fukushima experienced the nuclear disaster in March during her visit, the State Department requested that her family leave Japan, and they became temporary refugees in China. She explained, “This was just after the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia that led to unrest in other places (including China), so we arrived to find many Internet sites blocked. As, I was submitting pictures for the book, I had to work around the Internet constraints in China, leading me to reach out to veterans I had earlier interviewed. So, several of the book photos are personal photos of the men I interviewed rather than stock photos from NARA or LOC. The only archive photos I had access to were those already saved on my computer.”

Pash earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in History at the University of Tulsa and her Ph.D. in History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the current president of the North Carolina Association of Historians and also serves as a review board member for Milestone Documents World History I. In 2012, Pash was a contracted reviewer for Pearson-Prentice Hill for Darlene Clark Hine’s “African American Odyssey.” She also was an advisory board member for “Encyclopedia of Military Science” by Sage Publications from 2009-2013 and a contracted contributor for work on David Brinkley’s “Unfinished Nation” published by McGraw Hill in 2009.

Among her recognitions, Pash received the Fayetteville Technical Community College Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015 and participated in a NEH Fellowship in 2010.

For additional information about this program, please contact Dr. Jeff Broadwater, professor of history at Barton College, at (252) 399-6443 or ojbroadwater@barton.edu. This event is co-sponsored by the Barton College School of Humanities and the Wilson County Historical Association.

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