-Hi. I’m Rob Citino, the Senior Historian here at the National WWII Museum
in New Orleans, Louisiana. Standing in the museum in our Road to Tokyo exhibit
which deals with the Pacific War, and I’m standing next to
my great friend, Volker Benkert, a faculty member from
Arizona State University. Volker, welcome to New Orleans.
-Thank you very much. We’re here to introduce our
new joint master’s online program. This program marries
two great institutions, The National WWII Museum as well as
the Arizona State University to teach World War II in an online capacity
on the graduate level. I think what’s noble about this is
we’re standing here on this great museum that tells the story of World War II
through an American experience where history really comes to life. This program will talk about
the history of World War II in a comparative and global fashion. We’re taking the story as the core and they’re are bringing it into
a much more global perspective. Our program will also include even a course
on contemporary relevance. Well, we’re not just thinking about the world
that was shaped by World War II, but we’re also thinking about
long-lasting memory debates, not just in the United States
but globally around this major conflict. -I think that’s great.
I’ll also throw this in, just as we’re going to try to be
global here geographically, we’re going to try to have
the broadest possible approach. Sure, we’ll do some battle and war fighting. That’s always been my bread and butter
as a scholar and as a researcher but we’re also going to be looking
at politics, at society, at diplomacy, at culture, at film. We’re not going to shrink from discussing
the horrors of the Holocaust, comparative genocides.
That too, is going to be part. I’m pretty excited about this. I also will second what you said
about the two institutions that are kind of being married here. It’s a great educational institution, Arizona State, and one of the leaders in online education. Here at the museum,
we also bring some things to the table. As you can see,
we’re standing in a museum gallery. Artifacts, mega artifacts,
you name it, we have it here including 10,000 testimonies,
oral histories from veterans. I think of people might who want to take this.
I can come up with a lot of groups. I see this as kind of
professional development. You might be a high school teacher
who would like to get a master’s and prefer
professional development reasons. You might just be somebody
who wants to keep those juices flowing and study this largest of human conflicts
a little more carefully than you have. -Absolutely. That’s why the program
is designed to teach skills where, of course, we’re going to learn
a lot about World War II. There’s no doubt about that.
-That’s for sure. -We’re also really interested in
transferable skills. Analysis, critical thinking, writing,
and writing not just in the academic format but vary on many, many different venues as you will when you are a professional
working in the museum. If you’re a teacher, if you’re a historian
in any kind of public organization, you will have to have a repertoire
of different kinds of writing and we try to teach that here. -Great point. I’ll throw in one last thing,
the flexibility of this program. You’re going to really do it at your own time. It doesn’t matter where you are on the globe. This is World War II class and you can take it
literally from anywhere in the world. -I hope that you will be very much
interested in the program. You will definitely meet Rob and myself and we’re looking forward to
having you in class.