Miami Presents: Miami in World War II: The Carl Lavin Story

Presented on: Thursday, May 6th at 12:00 PM EDT

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Carl Lavin was a high school senior when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He turned 18 in 1942 and entered Miami as a Freshman that fall, only to enter active duty in 1943. Carl's son, Frank Lavin will discuss his time at Miami as the U.S. entered the war, drawing on his book "Home Front to Battlefront." "Home Front to Battlefront" is the story of Carl Lavin's journey from Miami through the battlefields of Europe and back to Miami for graduation. A featured book of Ohio University Press, his book traces the timeless story of a college student coming to terms with the path to adulthood amidst the turmoil and carnage of war. 

Ambassador Lavin's story was originally part of programming for the exhibition, Bearing Witness: The Holocaust and Jewish Experience at Miami University, co-sponsored by Hillel at Miami University and the Walter Havighurst Special Collections & University Archives. The exhibition ran from November 2019 to October 2020. 

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Walter Havighurst Special Collections & University Archives and Hillel at Miami University.

Frank Lavin served on the White House and National Security Council staff, as well as service as Ambassador and Undersecretary. Frank currently helps U.S. brands sell into China via e-commerce.

This virtual event is free to attend, but registration is required.  Please reach out to Mollie Young with any questions at