Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Dr. Thomas Childers will give a talk on “The Crisis of Democracy and the Rise of Hitler: Elections, Campaigning, and Mass Politics” on Thursday, February 17 at 8 p.m. The lecture will take place in Mary Baldwin University’s Miller Chapel, 110 North Market Street, Staunton.
Childers, a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, has held visiting professorships at Columbia University, Smith and Swarthmore Colleges, and Trinity Hall College, Cambridge. His research focuses on modern German History and World War II. He is the author of The Nazi Voter and Reevaluating the Third Reich. In addition he has completed the first two volumes of a trilogy on World War II, Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down Over Germany in World War II and In the Shadows of War.
The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program makes possible the visits of distinguished scholars to dozens of colleges and universities around the country. They spend two days on each campus, meeting with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions and giving a free public lecture.