Monday, April 19, 2010

Sledgehammer: Recollections of E.B. Sledge

The University of Montevallo and Carmichael Library wants to welcome everyone to a special event tonight at Parnell Memorial Library, 7:00 p.m.

E.B. Sledge was a University of Montevallo biology professor whose remarkable World War II memoir With the Old Breed has been acclaimed by such luminaries as Stephen Ambrose, Ken Burns, John Keegan, and Paul Fussell as the best war memoir ever written by an enlisted man. His book, an account of the battles in Peleliu and Okinawa, along with Robert Leckie’s Helmet for My Pillow, form the basis for the current HBO series The Pacific.

Please join us for a discussion on personal experience and its portrayal in life histories, formal histories, and community memory as evidenced in E. B. Sledge’s With the Old Breed and the book's use as a source today through the History Channel, Ken Burn’s The War and most recently HBO’s The Pacific.

The evening will include a performance by the University of Montevallo Chamber Singers and discussion moderated by Clark Hultquist (history professor) Ruth Truss (history professor), Jim Day (history professor) and Kouri Allen (UM graduate student) with special guest Henry Sledge (son of Dr. Sledge).

Misty Bennett's Narrative Painting class has a war-themed installation on the main floor of Carmichael Library. Please drop in before the end of the semester to see these beautiful student paintings!

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