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The Great Battles Against Germany in 1943: The Turning Points of World War II

February 25, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

a DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR seminar featuring Gerhard Weinberg

This year marks the 80th anniversary of several events that changed the long struggle against Nazi Germany.  Although Hitler’s armies had once seemed invincible, the German and Italian defeats in 1943 showed that the Nazi-Fascist alliance in Europe could be destroyed and far-right political extremism could be stopped.  The distinguished historian Gerhard Weinberg will discuss three major campaigns and battles that became turning points in the war against Hitler: the vast battle of Stalingrad and its repercussions, the campaigns against German forces in North Africa, and the allied invasion of Sicily and southern Italy, which led to the overthrow of Mussolini.  Join us to understand why these events can be described as “turning points” in the war against fascism and how the European dictators responded to decisive military defeats.


The Battle of Stalingrad and Nazi Defeat on the Eastern Front

The Battle for North Africa and Nazi Defeats in the Desert

The Battle of Sicily and the Demise of Mussolini

Gerhard L. Weinberg is William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of History Emeritus. He is a distinguished, internationally known expert on all aspects of World War II and author of numerous books, including the comprehensive, award-winning masterwork, A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II.


9:30 am-3:00 pm, Saturday, February 25. The tuition is $125 to attend in person or $75 for virtual viewing. The optional lunch on Saturday is $20.

UNC Students can attend for free, but pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for UNC faculty, & staff. To register as a UNC Student, Staff, or Faculty, see our Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.  For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

In-person tuition for teachers is $62.50. Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. Current K-12 teachers interested in receiving a complimentary virtual viewing registration for this seminar can apply here.

*Registration for this event closes on February 24 at 3pm*

Register online or call us at 919.962.1544. 

In-person registrants will receive a packet containing suggested readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 2-3 weeks before the program date. Virtual participants will receive an email with background materials about 1 week before the program and a Zoom link the day before the program.

**Please note that due to UNC regulations, masks are recommended, but not required for all in-person events regardless of vaccination status. In-person and hybrid events may switch to virtual-only based upon recommendations from local, state, and national public health officials. If an in-person or hybrid event is designated “virtual-only,” the CPH staff will contact registrants and provide them with information on how to attend virtually or with options for receiving credits or refunds. If you have any questions, please email or call 919.962.1544. We appreciate your flexibility during these trying times.**


February 25, 2023
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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