Free Continuing Education Class

On-Screen Summer @ The Marshall Foundation

Pogue Auditorium
George C. Marshall Foundation
340 VMI Parade
Lexington, Virginia 24450

Join us all summer long for a series of screenings of three classic films exploring the impact of World War II in Europe.

This free continuing education class for adults will meet once a month for a brief lecture providing historical, theoretical and production contexts from content experts at the George C. Marshall Foundation, a screening of the film, discussion and popcorn.

Saturday, June 1, 5:30 p.m.

Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1998)

with Dr. Paul A. Levengood (President, George C. Marshall Foundation)


“I distinctly remember seeing Saving Private Ryan in a theater in New Jersey in the summer of 1998.  Along with my visceral reaction to some of the most realistic combat scenes ever filmed, I was also moved by the personal stories of Captain Miller and Private Ryan himself.  In this, the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Europe, I look forward to viewing the film again and discussing its place in the pantheon of World War II cinema.”



Thursday, July 18, 5:30 p.m.

Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder, 1953)

with Glen J. Carpenter (Director of Communications and Multimedia, George C. Marshall Foundation)


“One of the most versatile screenwriters and directors of the 20th century, Billy Wilder escaped Nazi Germany and set to work pushing every conceivable boundary of what could be shown on American screens. Stalag 17 injects Wilder’s trademark cynical wit into the story of 630 American airmen imprisoned at the German POW camp of the title as they come to suspect that one of their own is an informant.”



Thursday, August 15, 5:30 p.m.

The Imitation Game (Morton Tyldum, 2014)

with Melissa H. Davis (Director of Library and Archive, George C. Marshall Foundation)


“Some of my favorite collections at the Marshall Foundation Library belong to William and Elizebeth Smith Friedman–two married cryptographers whose U.S. teams both broke the enigma during World War II, without knowing the other was working on it. The Imitation Game tells the top-secret story of Alan Turing and the British effort at Bletchley Park to break the enigma as well, and gain access to German communications.”



How can I attend?

This class is free, and you are welcome to choose whether to attend based on your interest in that month’s film–but registration for all three is required. To register, fill out the form below.

On-Screen Summer 2024

Let us know what movies you would like to see us feature in future classes! (Optional)