Historian Donald Miller to speak at Spring Hill College Nov. 17

Mon, 11/01/2010 (All day)

MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. Donald L. Miller, professor of history at Lafayette College, will present the 30th annual Portier Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 in Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College. His topic will be: “Does Bombing Work? The Lessons of Dresden.”

Miller received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Three of his eight books are on WWII: “D-Days in the Pacific” (2005), “Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany” (2006), and “The Story of World War II” (2001).  Miller’s book, “Masters of the Air,” was selected by three major book clubs: Book of the Month, History Book Club, and Military History Book Club.

Well known as a consultant, writer and host of numerous acclaimed history documentaries, Miller was a historical consultant for “The Pacific,” the 10-hour miniseries on World War II in the Pacific that features two young Marines from Mobile – Eugene Sledge and Sidney Philips. Miller was writer and chief historical consultant for “WWII in HD,” a series that aired on the History Channel. He was an on-camera expert on the PBS American Experience program “The Bombing of Germany” and was the lead scholar, writer and host of the 26-part PBS series “A Biography of America” that won several national television awards. Miller also worked as a writer and historical consultant with actor/producer Tom Hanks on a film that is now the signature attraction of the National World War II Museum’s Victory Theater in New Orleans.

Miller has won six awards for excellence in teaching, five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a number of prestigious book awards.  He has been the keynote speaker at academic, professional and business events, including the American Historical Association, the Smithsonian Institution, the Annenberg Foundation, the National D-Day Museum and the National Press Club.

The Portier Lecture, the annual history lecture, is named in honor of Michael Portier, the first bishop of Mobile, who founded Spring Hill College in 1830. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Patricia G. Harrison, chair and professor of history, at (251) 380-3061 or email: harrison@shc.edu.