Submitted by Middlesex Community College
In honor of Veterans Day, Middlesex Community College will welcome Dr. William Meadows for a presentation on Native American Code Talkers of World War I and II. Sponsored by MCC’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC), the event will take place in the Bedford Campus Café East or online from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8.
“Our Veterans Day programming shares the incredible stories of veterans throughout history,” said Jessica Frost, MCC’s Director of the VRC. “The annual event is a valuable educational opportunity for our students, college employees and the community to share the ways in which military service members faced adversity and sacrificed their own safety and well-being for our country. Hidden stories are uncovered and brought to light for participants to see.”
Meadows is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Missouri State University. During the event, he will discuss the origins and evolution of Native American Code Talking – the use of Native American languages in the U.S. military – through both World Wars to contemporary recognition.
Meadows will also cover the development of this tactic, different types of Native coded communications, code and alphabet formation, the over 30 groups that participated, their post-war recognition, and popular myths about code talking. His presentation is based on his over 30 years of fieldwork and archival research, including his contributions to the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008.
Dedicated to student success, MCC assists veteran and military-affiliated students in transitioning to college. Through the VRC, a Veterans Advisory Board, and other special services, students can have their questions answered, learn how to advocate for themselves, access support resources, and find a sense of community at MCC.
“We provide programming throughout the academic year, including assistance with educational benefits, connections to resources, and academic and career advising,” Frost said. “Regardless of whether or not a student is using Veterans Affairs (VA) or Department of Defense (DoD) educational benefits, all veterans and military-affiliated students are welcome in our centers in Bedford and Lowell where they can meet other students, access computers and printers, and enjoy free refreshments.”
MCC’s Bedford VRC is located in the Campus Center, Room 206. The Lowell VRC can be found in Cowan Center, Room G05. Students can also access virtual services by appointment.
Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/veteransresources/ for more information and to register for the Veterans Day event in advance.