Infamy to Victory: FDR as Commander in Chief in World War II / Online Program

Presented by Jeffrey Urbin

Tuesday, July 19
6:30-7:30 pm

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On December 7, 1941 the United States – ranked 17th in the world in military power at the time – was unexpectedly plunged into World War II. A grueling 1,365 days later we emerged as the world’s first Superpower. This presentation outlines how Franklin Roosevelt’s leadership addressed some of the major challenges to win victory in a global war, bringing us from a ‘day of infamy’ to ‘absolute victory. ’Interactive discussion topics include: Why is the role of Commander-in-Chief so important? What actions did FDR take to mobilize the country for war? How did being Assistant Secretary of the Navy during World War I help FDR as Commander in Chief? How did the wartime conferences of the Big Three shape the strategies and conduct of the war? How did Roosevelt’s famous communication skills help win the war?


About our presenter: Jeffrey Urbin is the Education Specialist and Director of the Pare Lorentz Film Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York where he is responsible for developing all of the Library’s education offerings ranging from second grade to college and adult learning programs. In addition, he provides training, programs and presentations for teachers and assists museum educators across the country in developing educational programs for their own museums. He has been a pioneer in developing distance learning programs for the Presidential Library System for which he received a 2014 Presidential Libraries Achievement Award.

He attended college on a Harry S Truman Scholarship and is a recipient of the Eugene Sheridan Award for Excellence in History, Government and Economics, numerous teaching awards and the National Guard and Reserve Seven Seals Award. He holds degrees in Public Administration, Political Science, and has a Certificate of Advanced Study in Latin American and Caribbean Affairs. Mr. Urbin served as a Youth Asset Development Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater New York and taught history and government for public and private colleges in the Hudson Valley for more than ten years before joining the National Archives and Records Administration at the Roosevelt Presidential Library in 2001.