CANCELLED: Son of Famed Cold War Pilot to Speak at Oviatt Library

Gary Powers Jr.

This event has been cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Meet Gary Powers Jr., the son of famed Cold War pilot Francis Gary Powers, at a special presentation, “Cold War Controversy:  The Capture and Release of Francis Gary Powers, U-2 Spy Pilot”.  The event takes place Monday, March 23, 2-3:30 p.m., at the Oviatt Library in the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room.  Gary Powers Jr. will talk about his father’s imprisonment by the Soviet Union in 1960 in the most famous Cold War incident of that era.

“The Tseng College is pleased to join the Oviatt Library in hosting a presentation by Gary Powers Jr.,” said Marcella Tyler, executive director of program advancement for the Tseng College.  “Gary will discuss the Cold War espionage program, letters his father wrote and received while imprisoned, a transcript of his father’s debriefing by the CIA, and other recently declassified documents.  We welcome the campus community to join us.”

Gary Powers’ recent book, Spy Pilot, reveals the details about the downing of his father’s plane in the Soviet Union, the international uproar over the incident, and the Cold War espionage program in which his father took part.  

Powers Jr. founded the Cold War Museum in Virginia and has a master’s degree in U.S. history.  He dedicates his life to sharing details about that dangerous time of conflict.  He  also served as a consultant on Steven Spielberg’s 2015 film Bridge of Spies, a movie about that international incident.

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