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Historian Chris Schaefer is the author of the award-winning documentary movie, Forgotten Soldiers, and the non-fiction book Bataan Diary, both about World War II in the Pacific.  He teaches courses about World War II and about the history of the Middle East at the University of Utah's Osher Learning Institute and at the Women's Institute in Houston, Texas, and received the University of Utah's Brooke Hopkins Award for excellence in adult teaching.  His current projects include research into politics and terrorism in the Middle East, and a new book about how the treaties that ended World War I have led to many difficulties in the Middle East today.  Chris Schaefer

Chris started his career as a historical researcher and author after working twenty-two years as President of Chris Schaefer & Company, an Information Technology company that served clients across the United States and internationally.  Previously, he worked at two other international consulting companies, and served as a U.S. Army reconnaisance pilot in the Central Highlands and DMZ regions of Vietnam.  Chris holds a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in Computing Sciences from Texas A&M University.   He has done Public Relations work for the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, the 2002 Winter Olympics and other organizations. 

Courses
Chris teaches the following courses:
World War II in the Pacific--Before Bataan and After.
The Middle East--Paths to Conflict.
The Middle East--Israel and Palestine.
The Middle East--Politics and Terrorism.
The Middle East--Iran.
The Middle East--ISIS.

Movies and Books
Forgotten Soldiers, a documentary movie about the U.S. Army's Philippine Scouts in World War II, produced and directed by Donald A. Plata, Platinum Multimedia LLC. Forgotten Soldiers premiered in January 2012 at the National World War II Museum and is the winner of:
  • Television, Internet and Video Aassociation Gold Peer Award--Best Feature-length Docudrama 2012, plus awards for Directing, Editing and Wardrobe.
  • Beloit International Film Festival 2012 "Power of Film" Award (top prize)
  • Freedom Award from the Leatherneck Club of Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles.
  • Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate.
  • Commendation from the County of Los Angeles.
  • the 2012 Filipino-American History Achievement Award.
  • Certificate of Recognition: United States Senator Dean Heller.
  • Congressional Recognition: United States Congressman Joe Heck.
  • Coin for Excellence from the Commanding General, White Sands Missile Range.
  • Command Sergeant Major's Coin on behalf of the enlisted soldiers of the New Mexico National Guard.
Bataan Diary: An American Family in World War II, 1941-1945. Non-fiction book about World War II in the Pacific, published by Riverview Publishing Company in 2004.
  • Monthly book selection at the National World War II Museum, November 2004

Speaking Engagements
If you would like to schedule Chris Schaefer for a presentation or discussion at your organization or event, please click the "e-mail me" button at your left.

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