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Lifelong Learning Launches WWII Series in April

Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 12, 2012) – Lifelong Learning at the University of Central Missouri will provide the first two segments of a three-part series on the theme “World War II in American Memory,” beginning this month.  Lifelong Learning, which provides community programs for continued learning for people of all ages, will offer these free public presentations Sundays, April 22 and 29. The third and final segment of the series – a pre-Memorial Day event with an invitation to local veterans - will be announced in the near future.   

On April 22, the program “Great Music of the Great Generation: Music of WWII” will be presented by Warrensburg residents Alice and Russell Coleman. The program will begin at 2 in the Highlander Theatre on the UCM campus, and include music of the Swing era and a sing-along of some of the favorite songs. Campus visitors are urged to take advantage of faculty/student parking lots south of the Wood Building along Clark and College Streets, which will be open at that time. 

Alice Coleman is a retired private piano teacher and organist at First United Methodist Church in Warrensburg. Her husband, Russell Coleman, Ph.D., served UCM for 32 years as director of bands and for 21 years was the chair of the Department of Music.

 On April 29, David Rice, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history at UCM, will present “World War II Remembered” at 2 p.m. in Elliott Union 237A. His remarks will include an overview of the war using PowerPoint to aid his thematic approach to WWII. Visitor and faculty/student parking lots also are open on this day. 

Rice, who is retiring after 38 years of service to UCM, has taught U.S. military history and the history of World War II for over 25 years. He has made scholarly contributions to numerous publications including the “Dictionary of Missouri Biography” on the lives of John J. Pershing, Maxwell Taylor, and Omar Bradley.