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Provost Lecture Series to discuss Axis POWs


An Austin Peay State University history faculty member whose research focuses on prisoners of war (POW) will talk about the Axis POWs held in the U.S. during World War II as part of the next Provost Lecture Series at APSU.

Dr. Antonio Thompson, associate professor of history, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series also can be viewed in real time via online streaming at The sessions also are recorded and can be viewed later on APSU’s iTunes public site at

Thompson received an APSU Summer Faculty Development Grant to expand his POW research to include Italian and Japanese POWs housed in the U.S. during WWII. He has an article on the Italian POWs housed at Camp Crossville, Tenn., in preparation and recently was interviewed for a PBS special on Camp Crossville.

Additionally, an article on German, Japanese and Italian POWs will be included in a two-volume collection of essays edited by Thompson and APSU history professor Dr. Christos Frentzos to be published by Routledge Press in 2013.

Thompson is an alumnus of APSU, graduating with his B.S. in history in 1998.  He began studying the German POWs housed in Kentucky and Tennessee during WWII for his master’s thesis at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and continued this research on a national scale for his dissertation at the University of Kentucky. He has two books, one about WWII German POWs housed in Kentucky and a second about WWII German POWs housed in the United States. 

Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303 and include the following:

Nov. 29: Leong Lee

Jan. 10: Taj Hashmi

Jan. 17: Foloshade Agusto

Jan. 24: Mercy Cannon

Jan. 31: C.M. Gienger

Feb. 7: Dr. Tatsushi Hirono

Feb. 12: Christopher Burawa

Feb. 14: Dr. Alex King

Feb. 21: Andriy Kovalskyy

Feb. 28: Suta Lee

March 7: Dr. Sergei Markov

March 21: Dr. Kristofer Ray

March 28: Dr. Ayman Alzaatreh

April 4: Stephen Truhon

April 11: Jason Verber

April 18: Paul Collins

April 19: Carol Baskauf

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931-221-7992 or email him at - Dr. Melony Shemberger