When most people think of June 1944, they immediately think: D-Day. The 2019 International Conference on World War II is a global exploration of what is arguably the most pivotal month of the entire war. The conference sessions take place in a sequence that best tells the story of the entire month and its effects. New works and research on these subjects will be presented by the top scholars in the field.
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Set for completion in 2019, The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center will join the Museum’s campus as a 230-room, 1940s-themed hotel with cutting-edge conference facilities. Named for Higgins Industries WWII shipbuilder Andrew Jackson Higgins, the property will operate as part of the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton.LEARN MORE
William I. Hitchcock
William I. Hitchcock is the William W. Corcoran Professor of History at the University of Virginia.Read More
William I. Hitchcock is the William W. Corcoran Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His work and teaching focus on the international, diplomatic and military history of the 20th century, in particular the era of the world wars and the Cold War.
He received his BA degree from Kenyon College in 1986 and his PhD from Yale University in 1994, working under the supervision of Paul Kennedy. He taught at Yale for six years, and served as the Associate Director of International Security Studies there. He published France Restored: Cold War Diplomacy and the Quest for Leadership in Europe and co-edited a volume with Paul Kennedy titled From War to Peace: Altered Strategic Landscapes in the Twentieth Century. He moved to Wellesley College in 1999, where he taught for five years, and then took a position as a dean and professor of history at Temple University in Philadelphia. After publishing The Struggle for Europe: The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent, 1945–Present, he went on to write about the experience of liberation at the close of World War II. His book, The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a winner of the George Louis Beer Prize, and a Financial Times bestseller in the United Kingdom. In 2010, he moved to the University of Virginia. His most recent book is The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s, which was a New York Times bestseller.
Hitchcock currently serves as on The National WWII Museum's Presidential Counselors advisory board.
Ian W. Toll
Thursday, November 21
The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center
If any one person is most closely associated with June 1944, it is General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Join us for a daylong Symposium that aims to trace Ike’s career trajectory from a junior officer during the interwar years to becoming general in charge of American forces in the Mediterranean, which led to his appointment as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces. Hear how Ike learned to be a leader from his mentors; how he matured as a commander in the deserts of North Africa and through three amphibious landings; and his successes and failures from D-Day in June 1944, through V-E Day 11 months later in May 1945.
The program concludes with a panel featuring all of the day’s speakers, discussing Eisenhower, his place in military history, the legacy he left behind for the world he helped to liberate, and the modern America he helped to create.
The 2019 pre-Conference Symposium will look at Dwight D. Eisenhower from four distinct perspectives.
This three-day conference experience is composed of a pre-Conference Symposium on Eisenhower, an opening lecture event, and two full days of programming for the main conference.
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Registration for The International Conference on World War II is an exclusive Museum Member benefit. Please inquire about Membership options by calling 1-877-813-3329 x 290 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION TERMS: Payment is due in full at the time of booking. All payments are final and nonrefundable. Any cancellations are subject to a 100% penalty. All cancellations must be submitted in writing. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended, please contact the Conference Services Department for more details. Program is subject to change without notice.