Dorondo will present ‘Last Lecture’ on Thursday

David Dorondo

David Dorondo

David Dorondo, associate professor of history at Western Carolina University, will present “Sunlight through Tears: Teaching and the Burden of History” on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Dorondo’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center and is part of the Last Lecture series at WCU. The annual event honors a faculty member chosen by students to give a “last lecture,” the words the person would share if the lecture was the last he or she was ever going to present.

Students who nominated Dorondo to present the Last Lecture describe him as a “walking encyclopedia” and said his passion for history is clear and passed on to students. Dorondo said he hopes to convey that passion further in his address.

“I hope that attendees will leave convinced that I’m passionate about my work, that I believe certain things to be true and that I believe that teaching is, in a certain sense, an act of love,” said Dorondo, who has been a WCU faculty member since 1987.

A native of Savannah, Dorondo earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Armstrong State College in 1980, master’s degree in modern German and European diplomatic history from the University of South Carolina in 1984, and doctorate in history from the University of Oxford in 1988. He also conducted research in the Federal Republic of Germany as a Fulbright Fellow.

Dorondo is author of the recently published book “Riders of the Apocalypse: German Cavalry and Modern Warfare, 1870-1945.” In the 336-page book published by the Naval Institute Press, Dorondo examines the history of the German cavalry, a combat group that survived World War I and returned to war again in 1939, and describes how the cavalry’s tradition carried on against a backdrop of rapid military industrialization.

A specialist in modern German history with a longstanding interest in military history, Dorondo also is the author of “Bavaria and German Federalism: Reich to Republic, 1918-1933” and numerous articles and reviews.

In addition, Dorondo serves as moderator of the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars and as an at-large member of the executive board of the North Carolina Association of Historians. At WCU, he serves as the faculty adviser to the Pi Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and advises the WCU History Club.

For more information, contact Laura Cruz, director of Coulter Faculty Commons, at or 828-227-2093.