Southeastern presents annual Veterans Day Lecture


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Jake Yount
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The History and Political Science Department at Southeastern Louisiana University has scheduled the annual Veterans Day Lecture Monday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Southeastern graduate Jake Yount will present “Bushido Abandoned: Allied POWs under Imperial Japan.” The event is free and open to the public.
     “The Department of History and Political Science is once again proud to honor America’s veterans with its Annual Veterans Day Lecture intended to increase awareness and understanding of American military history at Southeastern and in the surrounding community and to foster greater appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans have made to defend our freedom and preserve our way of life,” said History and Political Science Department Head Bill Robison. “We are especially proud that this year’s lecturer, Jake Yount, is a recent graduate of our master of arts in history program who will speak about his graduate research.”
     Yount will discuss how Japan’s conquests and creation of the Japanese Co-Prosperity Circle in East Asia and the Pacific led to internment of over 140,000 allied soldiers, Robison said.
     “Jake will speak about the blurring and misinterpretation of the code of Bushido that led to the Japanese prisoner of war camps being run with hatred and nationalistic fervor, causing allied POWs to suffer night and day with liberation coming slowly for survivors and justice remaining unattainable for the dead,” Robison explained.
     For more information, contact the History and Political Science Department at 985-549-2109.

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