John Fahey, United States Military Academy
Cameron McCoy, Brigham Young University
The roundtable will be chaired by Clifford J. Rogers, the senior editor of The West Point History of Warfare, a prize-winning digital history textbook used by all cadets at West Point. The textbook incorporates a wide variety of multi-media and interactive features. The roundtable features Amanda Boczar, Cameron McCoy, and John Fahey and will focus on their recent work in digital history. Dr. Rogers is Amanda Boczar will discuss the West Point Guide to Gender and Warfare, part of a series that also includes a guide to the Civil Rights Movement. Cameron McCoy will present his character module on Marine Corps race relations during World War II. Designed to force cadets to consider issues surrounding segregation, equal treatment, and exclusion, “The Marines of Montfort Point and their Struggle for Legitimacy in Jim Crow America” addresses the deep contradictions African American servicemen faced during the World War II and Jim Crow era. John Fahey will discuss his module on ethnic conflict in post-World War I Poland. “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Jews Caught in the Polish-Ukrainian War in Przemyśl, Galicia (1918)” addresses the challenges multi-ethnic communities faced as the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed and was replaced by a national state. This module will assist cadets in considering the moral and practical challenges facing minority communities stuck in the middle of ethnic conflict.
After brief presentations by the various authors and time for general questions, the roundtable will offer opportunities for attendees to interact with the various teaching modules and books. The participants will provide iPads and laptops and run sample discussion groups so that the audience and panel members will be able to get a better sense of how they might use comparable techniques and tools at their home institutions.