The 2018 International
Conference on World War II

November 29 - December 1, 2018

A premier educational event dedicated to telling the story of World War II

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About the Conference

The International Conference on World War II, presented by Pritzker Military Museum and Library, is a premiere educational gathering of writers, scholars, and enthusiasts for a weekend of talks, panels, and social events centered on the war that changed the world.

Hosted in New Orleans by The National WWII Museum, the Conference and Symposium have earned renown as a unique opportunity for amateur historians and the world’s top scholars to engage and interact on topics that have fascinated historians for decades, and are a captivating expression of the Museum’s mission to tell the story of World War II: why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today.

The 2018 International Conference on World War II is a program of The Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, a community of scholars forming a national center for research, higher education, publications, and public programming, dedicated to promoting the history of World War II, the relationship between the war and America’s democratic system, and the war’s continued relevance for the world.

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Speakers

Join the World’s Top Scholars on World War II!

Three-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Rick Atkinson

Biography

Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson is the best-selling author of the Liberation Trilogy, a narrative history of the US military’s role in the liberation of Europe in World War II. The trilogy consists of An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history), The Day of Battle, and The Guns at Last Light, which was released in May 2013. His other books include The Long Gray LineIn the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. Atkinson is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, the George Polk Award, and the 2010 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. He holds a Master of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Chicago. He worked as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and senior editor at the Washington Post before becoming a full-time book author. Atkinson served as the Gen. Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at the US Army War College, and sits on The National WWII Museum’s Presidential Counselors advisory board. Atkinson is currently working on a trilogy on the American Revolution.

Best-Selling Author Sir Antony Beevor

Biography

Antony Beevor

Those who attend the International Conference on World War II have come to expect the Museum to bring the biggest names in the field of WWII history to New Orleans and the latest works and freshest research to be shared.

Very often the stars align and we are able to bring one of the biggest names with a brand new work to share, and this year is no exception!

Sir Antony Beevor’s next book, The Battle of Arnhem is due out this fall, just in time for the 2018 International Conference on World War II presented by Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

In The Battle of Arnhem: The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II, the prize-winning historian and internationally best-selling author of D-Day reconstructs the devastating airborne battle of Arnhem in this gripping new account.

On September 17, 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany’s parachute forces, heard the groaning roar of airplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders, carrying the legendary American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the British 1st Airborne Division.

Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept, but could it have ever worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war.

Beevor, using often-overlooked sources from Dutch, American, British, Polish, and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student called “The Last German Victory.”

Best-Selling Author James Holland

Biography

James Holland

James Holland is a historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of the best-selling Fortress MaltaBattle of Britain, and Dam Busters, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, five of which feature the heroic Jack Tanner, a soldier of the World War II. He is currently writing a three-volume new history of the World War II in the West and a book about the Defense of the Admin Box in Burma. The first volume, The War in the West: Germany Ascendant, 1939-1941, is out now and the second, The Allies Strike Back: 1941-1943, was released in October 2017.

He regularly appears on television and radio, and has written and presented the BAFTA-shortlisted documentaries, Battle of Britain and Dam Busters for the BBC, as well as the Battle for MaltaCold WarHot Jets, and Normandy 44.

Co-founder and Programme Director of the hugely successful Chalke Valley History Festival, he has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum, and is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is also an avid cricketer and plays for both Chalke Valley CC and the Authors CC.

Best-Selling Author Keith Lowe

Biography

Keith Lowe

Keith Lowe was born in 1970 and studied English Literature at Manchester University. After 12 years as a history publisher, he embarked on a full-time career as a writer and historian, and is now recognized on both sides of the Atlantic as an authority on the World War II and its aftermath.

He is the author of three major works of history. His first book, Inferno, was a critically-acclaimed study of the bombing of Hamburg in 1943. Using eyewitness testimonies from both sides, it described the horrors of the greatest ever man-made firestorm, which killed around 40,000 people in a single night. His second book, Savage Continent, was a ground-breaking study of the wave of violence and revenge that swept Europe after the war. It became a Sunday Times top-10 bestseller, and went on to win both the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and Italy’s national Herasco History Prize. His latest book, The Fear and the Freedom, is an intimate history of the long-term consequences of the World War II, and the shadow that it still casts over our lives today. Lowe regularly speaks on TV and radio, and he often lectures on post war history at venues across Europe and North America. He has written for a variety of newspapers and journals, including the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret MacMillian, DPhil

Biography

Margaret MacMillian

Margaret MacMillan is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and the former Warden of St. Antony’s College. Her books include Women of the RajParis 1919: Six Months that Changed the World for which she was the first woman to win the Samuel Johnson Prize; Nixon in China: Six Days that Changed the WorldThe Uses and Abuses of History; and Extraordinary Canadians: Stephen Leacock. Her most recent book is The War that Ended Peace. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto, Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, University of Toronto and of St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, and sits on the boards of the Mosaic Institute and the editorial boards of International History and First World War Studies. She is also a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust.

She has honorary degrees from the University of King’s College, the Royal Military College, The University of Western Ontario, Ryerson University, Toronto, Huron University College of the University of Western Ontario, the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto. In 2006 Professor MacMillan was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2015 became a Companion.

Renown Historian Donald L. Miller, PhD

Biography

Donald L. Miller

Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and an expert on World War II, among other topics in American history. Three of his eight books are on World War II: The Story of World War II; D-Days in the Pacific, the story of the American re-conquest of the Pacific from Imperial Japan; and Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany—all published by Simon & Schuster.

Masters of the Air is the primary source for HBO’s upcoming miniseries of the same title, on which Miller is serving as chief historical consultant. He also served as an historical consultant for HBO’s miniseries The Pacific, and was also the writer and chief historical consultant for WWII in HD, a 10-hour series that aired on the History Channel. Miller currently sits on the Museum’s Presidential Counselors advisory board and has been a key advisor to The National WWII Museum on many projects, including content elements for the Museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

Pre-Conference Symposium 2018

"The Two World Wars: 1914-1945"

Thursday, November 29
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

Many Americans who experienced war in the trenches of Western Europe in the First World War later returned to liberate the same ground again in 1944 and 1945. The military and political leaders of World War II learned the art of war from 1914-1918, and vowed not to repeat the mistakes of that war, nor the flawed peace that ended it. Bringing together distinguished scholars such as David Reynolds and Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret MacMillan, the 2018 preconference symposium will explore the legacies, leadership lessons and tactics of The Great War and how it affected the Second World War.

  Pre-Conference Symposium Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Symposium Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. “The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War”
David Reynolds, PhD
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break and Book Signing
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. “Learning to Lead: The Great War Experiences of the Great WWII Commanders”
“The Yanks Are Coming”
Michael Haskew “From one Reich to Another”
Robert M. Citino, PhD “Hail Britannia”
Peter Caddick-Adams, PhD
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Break, Book Signing, and Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. From 1918 to the Next War
Robert M. Citino, PhD, Moderator
“The Second Battle of the Marne”
Michael Neiberg, PhD “Machine War: Tanks in the Great War”
Alaric Searle, PhD “The AEF in Europe”
Geoffrey Wawro, PhD
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break and Book Signing
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “Ends Lead to Beginnings: The Armistice and the Treaty of Versailles” Margaret MacMillan, DPhil
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Symposium closing followed by book signing
Program subject to change.
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Conference 2018

The 2018 International
Conference on World War II

This three-day conference experience is composed of a pre-conference symposium on World War I in addition to the weekend event.

Conference highlights include:

  • Sir Antony Beevor and his new book on Operation Market-Garden
  • “Greatest Unheralded Commanders”
  • “Battles NOT to Fight: Peleliu and the Huertgen Forest” with Richard Frank and Rick Atkinson
  • “A Conversation with Dr. Nick Mueller” with a leading WWII historian
  • “Underappreciated Campaigns of the Second World War”

  Conference Symposium Schedule

Day 1 Schedule - Thursday, November 29
The National WWII Museum | Louisiana Memorial Pavilion and US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Opening Reception
The National WWII Museum
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Conference Opening Remarks
The National WWII Museum
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center
6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Opening Keynote Address
The Battle of Arnhem: The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II Sir Antony Beevor

Day 2 Schedule - Friday, November 30
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Hospitality Room
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. “The Two World Wars: 1914 – 1945” A Special Presentation
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Break and Book Signing
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. “Battles Not to Fight: Peleliu and Hürtgen Forest”
Conrad Crane, PhD – Moderator
Richard Frank – Peleliu
Rick Atkinson – Hürtgen
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break and Book Signing
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. “Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila” James Scott
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Break, Book Signing, and Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. "Writing World War II: Fiction vs. Non-Fiction"
Donald L. Miller, PhD - Interviewer Jessica Shattuck - Author of The Women in the Castle
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break and Book Signing
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. "Tarawa 75 Years Later"
Keith Huxen, PhD – Moderator “Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II”
Clay Bonnyman Evans “The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency”
Speaker TBD
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break and Book Signing
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. “The Fear and the Freedom” Keith Lowe
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Book signing
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The National WWII Museum Open House and Reception
(Courtesy shuttle between The National WWII Museum and the Hyatt Regency provided)

Day 3 Schedule - Saturday, December 1
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Hospitality Room
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. “Everything We Have” – D-Day, June 6, 1944
The American story of the Normandy landings told through personal accounts, images, artifacts and video from The National WWII Museum Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, PhD
Günter Bischof, PhD
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Break and Book Signing
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. "The Lost Cause: Japan’s War 1943-1945"
Allan Millett, PhD – Moderator “Delaying the Unendurable: The Japanese”
Hiroyuki Shindo, PhD “MacArthur’s Coalition: US and Australian Operations in the Southwest Pacific Area”
Peter Dean, PhD
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break and Book Signing
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. "The German War: A Nation under Arms” Nicholas Stargardt, PhD
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Break, Book Signing, and Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. "Greatest Unheralded Commanders"
Conrad Crane PhD – Moderator Pete Quesada
Thomas Hughes, PhD Stanislaw Sosabowski
Alexandra Richie, DPhil Troy Middleton
Harold Winton, PhD
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break and Book Signing
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Why the Germans Lost” Peter Caddick-Adams, PhD - Moderator
James Holland
Robert Citino, PhD
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break and Book Signing
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. "A Conversation with Gerhard Weinberg, PhD"
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Book signing
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Courtesy shuttle between The National WWII Museum and the Hyatt Regency
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The 2018 International Conference on World War II Closing Banquet:
Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Closing Keynote Address and Conference Closing Remarks "Churchill: Walking with Destiny"
Andrew Roberts
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Book signing
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2018 Pricing

Conference Offerings

Participation in The International Conference on World War II is an exclusive benefit of Membership at The National WWII Museum. If you are not a Member or need to renew your Membership, please visit our Membership page.

Member Pricing
(Per Person)
"The Two World Wars: 1914 - 1945" Pre-Conference Symposium$399
Conference/Hotel Package (Double Occupancy)$1,399
Conference/Hotel Package (Single Occupancy)$1,799
Conference Only$999
Additional Hotel Nights (per room/ per night)$259
Ride on PT-305 (when booked by October 15, 2018)$99
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