World wars round table to meet Sept. 13 at WCU

John Lance, a retired U.S. Air Force major who is currently enrolled in Western Carolina University’s master’s degree program in European history, will be the guest speaker as the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars meets Thursday, Sept. 13.

Open to the public, the meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Catamount Room of WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center.

In his presentation, “Running Out of Time: British Policy and Strategy During the ‘Phony War,’ 1939-1940,” Lance will examine the strategic, diplomatic and technological issues that restricted British military operations during that period.

Lance has almost 18 years of experience as a helicopter pilot and foreign aviation adviser. During his tenure with Air Force Special Operations, he was involved in military operations in Bosnia, Kuwait, Africa, South Korea, Afghanistan, Central America and the Caribbean, and the Persian Gulf.

Organized in spring 2011 and based in WCU’s Department of History, the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars addresses various aspects of the era of the world wars of the 20th century. The group was founded by David Dorondo, WCU associate professor of history.

For more information about the Sept. 13 meeting, contact Dorondo at 828-227-3908 or