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WINTER 2021   

Thursday, Jan. 28 • 3-4:30 pm 

Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, The U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy with Francis Gary Powers Jr. 

One of the most talked-about events of the Cold War was the downing of the CIA U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. The event was depicted in the Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies.  Powers was captured by the KGB, subjected to a televised show trial, and imprisoned, all of which created an international incident. Soviet authorities eventually released him in exchange for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. On his return to the United States, Powers was exonerated of any wrongdoing while imprisoned in Russia, yet a cloud of controversy lingered until his untimely death in 1977.


Thursday, Mar. 18 • 3-4:30 pm

World War II in Florida with Dr. Gary Mormino

On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the American South. Today, it is a Sunbelt Megastate. World War II was the lynchpin that connects a lightly settled, southern state with a state that now has more inhabitants than New York. World War II super-charged Florida, bringing millions of servicemen, war workers, and their families to the Sunshine State. On the eve of the war, Florida had 15 military installations and by V-J Day, the state boasted almost 200. The war touched every crevice in Florida.


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