Dec 07, 2021 11:30 AM
Dr. Scott Tarnowieckyi, Ph.D
Tora, Tora, Tora! The attack upon Pearl Harbor

At 7:55 AM on December 7, 1941, Japanese naval aircraft swept over the slumbering U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor and struck it with complete surprise. In just over half an hour much of the Pacific fleet including all its battleships were sunk or severely damaged. Two questions arise from this event. The first being, how was such stunning surprise accomplished? The second being what were the consequences of this surprise attack? We will be exploring the answers to those questions.

Dr. Tarnowieckyi is Professor of History at Weatherford College and chair of the Social Sciences Department. He has taught there since 2010. Prior to that he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, the University of Arkansas (where he earned his Ph.D.), Arkansas Tech University, and Missouri Southern State University.

He is the founder and organizer of Weatherford College’s annual Interdisciplinary Academic Conference which takes place in the spring (this year on April 7 & 8) and the founder and organizer of the Kent Miller and Quinton Reeves Honorary Lecture Series that takes place monthly at the college during the fall and spring semesters.

He has written numerous book reviews for various academic journals including the Journal of Southern, Military History of the West, Louisiana History and has presented papers at various conferences over the years including the Texas State Historical Association Conference, Ohio Valley Historical Conference, Mid-American Historical Conference. His article “Branded by the Lincolnites as Guerrillas” was published in the Registrar of the Kentucky Historical Society and he has an essay titled “Descent into Anarchy: The evolution of irregular warfare in the Lower Green River country of Kentucky” in the book Border Wars: The Civil War in Tennessee and Kentucky published by Kent State University Press.