In discussing wars in American history, the focus is often on guns and battles, losing sight of how critical events are shaped by ordinary people such as government officials and soldiers. Equally, we don’t always consider the impact of modern military technology on civilian populations. This webinar will look at how the decision was made to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, how the bombing mission was conducted, and the suffering it inflicted on the Japanese people.
Presenter: Dr. W. Bernard Carlson, University of Virginia
The Library of Congress and the United States Patent and Trademark Office contain vast repositories of digitized primary sources. With the proper introduction these archives can be powerful tools in the hands of students and teachers alike. In this webinar, our experts will introduce you to resources that provide easy access to these resources.
Join Cynthia Szwajkowski, of TPS Virginia, and Maggie Nunley, Teaching and Learning Librarian at the University of Virginia, as they take you through the process of navigating the digital archives of the Library of Congress and the USPTO in a meaningful way. These materials have the potential to open new areas of knowledge for your students.
Tesla Versus Edison: Myth and Style in Technological History
Thanks to movies, video games, novels, and Elon Musk, Nikola Tesla has, in the past few years, has become a prominent figure in American pop culture. At the same time, his rival Thomas Edison has come to be seen as a greedy villain. In this talk, we will explore both the myth and facts around the Tesla-Edison rivalry to understand how inventors develop distinct styles and how those different styles are critical to how societies create and manage disruptive innovation.
Presenter: Dr. W. Bernard Carlson, University of Virginia and author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age
This webinar showcased content developed by the Historian who led a colloquium at the Kennedy Space Center in January, 2018.
Massive Firepower Meets the Jungle: Fighting the Ground War in Vietnam
This webinar showcased content developed by the Historian who led the Army Heritage and Education Center colloquium in March, 2017.
The U.S. and Space: Tensions and Paradoxes
This NASA & Flight Technology webinar will showcased content developed by the Historian who led the NASA & Flight Technology colloquium at the Kennedy Space Center with the Astronauts Memorial Foundation.
Presented by Dr. W. Bernard Carlson, University of Virginia