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U. S. Naval Operations in the Pacific

Are you interested in an overview of World War II in the Pacific Theaters from a U.S. Navy point of view? Paul Killins will help you explore the origins of the
Pacific War, as well as Japanese and American strategy. He will explain Pearl Harbor in the context of Japanese strategies along with an overview of the attack itself. Further topics will review initial Japanese moves and American (and Allied) responses, the Doolittle Raid, Coral Sea and Midway, the struggle for Guadalcanal, the isolation of Rabaul, Central Pacific campaigns, submarine operations, the invasion of the Philippines and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the end of the war.
Instructor Paul Killins, (B.S. Engineering Design; M.B.A. Technology Management; former naval officer) grew up in a family of readers. He recalls, “Both my mother and father were interested in history. In one summer, my mother and I each read all twenty-five volumes of Samuel Eliot Morrison’s U.S. Naval Operations in World War II. This exposure created a desire to understand how and why the world works as it does and a deep desire to understand military operations.
“Through my adult life, I studied military history and military technology. I realized that although I was a good
engineer and good manager, my real passion was history and especially U.S. Naval history. My personal library relating to military history and technology holds approximately 250 volumes.
“I think people will enjoy this class because we are going to discuss not only what happened and why it happened, but where cultural, doctrinal and technical differences impacted the war in the Pacific.”

Chinese Traditional Painting at OLLI

OLLI members have been lucky to have participated in a class about Chinese Art and traditional painting taught by Peng Ren. By the end of the class, students completed at least one Chinese painting of a flower, animals, bamboo or other subject that fascinates them. In addition, students were encouraged to be creative in designing greeting cards and bookmarks via ink wash painting skills.
The photos certainly only show part of the fun they had. Thank you to Peng Ren and the Confucius Institute at CSULB.