9th Annual Haydn Williams WWII Memorial Legacy Lecture featuring New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw

November 10, 2021 @ 9:00AM — 10:15AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

An annual public lecture series, sponsored by the Friends of the National World War II Memorial, featuring preeminent historians speaking on the lasting significance and impact of World War II on America and the world.

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9th Annual Haydn Williams World War II Memorial Legacy Lecture

featuring New York Times best-selling author

ALEX KERSHAW

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


The Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) will sponsor the 9th Annual Haydn Williams World War II Memorial Legacy Lecture on November 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM virtually via the National Defense University's online portal.

This year's Legacy Lecturer is New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw.

The November 10th Legacy Lecture is free and open to the public; however registration is required.

Hosted annually at the National Defense University as part of the "President's Lecture Series", the lecture will again be held virtually via the university's Blackboard portal due to the continuing impact of Covid.

The Haydn Williams World War II Memorial Legacy Lecture, a signature program of Friends, is an annual public lecture series that features preeminent historians and scholars speaking on the lasting significance and impact of World War II on America and the world.

Previous Legacy Lecturers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson; British author, historian, and broadcaster Sir Max Hastings; U.S. Naval Academy professor and author Dr. Craig Symonds; Stanford University professor and author Dr. David Kennedy; renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw; Hoover Institution Fellow Victor Davis Hanson; University of Virginia professor and author William Hitchcock; and War Studies at King’s College, London professor and author Dr. Andrew Roberts.

The lecture series is made possible through the generous endowment of the late Ambassador F. Haydn Williams, a WWII veteran, former chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission's WWII Memorial Committee, and chairman emeritus of Friends of the National World War II Memorial.

Registration is required.

ALEX KERSHAW

Alex Kershaw is the author of numerous books on World War II, including the New York Times best-sellers The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter. His 2012 book, The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau, was recently made into a drama series aired by Netflix in 2020. A graduate of University College, Oxford, England, Kershaw’s journalism has appeared in many magazines and newspapers since 1990, and he has also worked as a screenwriter and in television, penning an award-winning 2004 documentary on Bobby Kennedy. He is an honorary colonel in the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division.

Since 2012, Kershaw has led several battlefield tours of Europe and he will be leading a tour of London, Normandy, and Paris for the Friends of the National World War II Memorial in June 2022. Kershaw’s latest book, The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II, was published in 2019 to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and was a national best-seller. His next book, Against All Odds, is expected in Spring 2022. Kershaw serves as a member of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial’s Board of Directors.