Franklin Roosevelt in the Winter of 1940: The Storm Begins

  • Saturday, October 05, 2019
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Berkshire Community College, K-111 Lecture Hall, Koussevitsky Arts Center, 1350 West Street Pittsfield MA 01201



  The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents

Williams College Professor 

Susan Dunn on

Franklin Roosevelt in the Winter of 1940: The Storm Begins 

Saturday, October 5, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm  
Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street, Pittsfield, Mass. 01201  


Award-winning author and Williams College Professor Susan Dunn will discuss Franklin Roosevelt’s election to an unprecedented third term in the White House and his administration’s preparations and complex mobilization for war, all set against the backdrop of the virulent isolationist movement at home and the barbaric Nazi onslaught in Europe. All those programs and plans marked the country’s transition into the preeminent military, industrial, and moral power on the planet.

Susan Dunn is the Massachusetts Professor of Humanities at Williams College. She is the author of a dozen books, including: A Blueprint for War: FDR and the Hundred Days that Mobilized America (Yale University Press, 2018);  1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler -- the Election Amid the Storm  (Yale University Press, 2013); and Roosevelt’s Purge: How FDR Fought to Change the Democratic Party (Harvard University Press, 2010, a winner of the Henry Adams Prize and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History; and The Three Roosevelts, co-written with James MacGregor Burns (2001). She is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN.


 Admission is $10 for OLLI at BCC members, and $15 for the general public. Tickets are also available at the door. Admission is free to Berkshire Community College students and youth 17 and under.

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