The 2018 International
Conference on World War II

November 29 - December 1, 2018

A program of The Institute for the Study of War and Democracy
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About the Conference

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

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.

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2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

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”

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

Book by September 1 and ride PT-305 for just $99! (A savings of $206)

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 September 1, 2018)$99
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