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Two professors to take part in PBS series 'America at a Crossroads'

Two KU professors will be part of a panel discussion on the PBS documentary series "America at a Crossroads."

The series of 11 films explores the challenges confronting the post Sept. 11 world and will air 8 to 10 p.m. each night April 15-20 on PBS.

KU's Hall Center for the Humanities and its partners, WETA television in Washington, D.C., and PBS, will host a preview of one of the documentaries, "Operation Homecoming: Writing the War Time Experience," at 7 p.m. March 14 at the Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The panel discussion with KU professors, U.S. military personnel featured in the documentary and the director will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

KU panelists

Roger Spiller, adjunct professor of history at KU, held the George C. Marshall Distinguished Professorship of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth from 1992 to 2005. Spiller has also served as special assistant to the commander in chief, United States Readiness Command, MacDill Air Force Base and personal historian to the chief of staff of the U.S. Army. He has written and edited 10 books.

Theodore A. Wilson is professor and associate chair of the Department of History. Wilson has written widely on the history of American foreign relations, World War II and military history. The University Press of Kansas will publish his most recent book in spring 2008. He has held visiting appointments at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army Center for Military History and serves as general editor of the University Press of Kansas series Modern War Studies.

Rounding out the panel

Richard E. Robbins is an award-winning producer and director who has been making documentaries for PBS, cable and network television for more than a decade. Since 1998, he has been a special projects producer for Peter Jennings and is currently based in Los Angeles where he continues to develop and direct his own documentaries.

Edward "Parker" Gyokeres joined the Air Force in 1992. After stints around the globe he was assigned to Tallil Air Base in Nasiiriyah, Iraq, which became the inspiration for "Camp Muckamungus." He is now a military journalist at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga.

Prior to serving a tour in Iraq as a team sergeant for an activated Army Reserve detachment, Jack Lewis worked in news reporting, telecommunications infrastructure, general contracting and hardware sales.

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