Gen. David Petraeus

General (Ret.) David Petraeus is credited with creating the counterinsurgency doctrine that allowed the 2007 "surge" to help stabilize Iraq. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, receiving his MPA and PhD in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Gen. Petraeus has served as Commanding General of the Multi-National Force-Iraq, Commander of the US Central Command, the NATO International Security Assistance Force Commander and Commander of US Forces — Afghanistan and as the Director of the CIA. The General will serve as Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College and as a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California this coming semester.

Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history), The Day of Battle, The Guns at Last Light, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers and Crusade. Other awards include a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, the George Polk Award and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. Atkinson holds a Master of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Chicago and was formerly a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post. He currently sits on the Museum's "Presidential Counselors" advisory board.

Dr. Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy is the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, Director of International Security Studies at Yale and Distinguished Fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. Internationally known for his writings and commentaries on global political, economic, and strategic issues, he is the author or editor of nineteen books, including his best-known work, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. Dr. Kennedy's latest book is Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers who Turned the Tide in the Second World War.

Donald Miller

Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College. He has appeared in numerous PBS and the History Channel programs, including A Biography of America on PBS. He is the author of eight books, including the prize-winning City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and The Making of America, The Story of World War II and D-Days in the Pacific. Miller's book Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany was recently selected to serve as the primary source for HBO's newest World War II miniseries. He currently sits on the Museum's "Presidential Counselors" advisory board.

Dr. Mark Stoler

Dr. Mark Stoler, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Vermont, received his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of many books including: George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century; Allies in War: Britain and America Against the Axis, 1940-1945; and Allies and Adversaries: The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Grand Alliance, and U.S. Strategy in World War II which won the 2002 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award. Dr. Stoler was the editor of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall: "The Whole World Hangs in the Balance," January 8, 1947-September 30, 1949 (Volume 6). He also has served on the Museum's Presidential Counselors advisory panel.

Day 1 : Thursday, November 21

Hosted in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at The National WWII Museum

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Registration at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

    Museum Open to Registrants

  • 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Shuttle Rotations from Hyatt to Museum

  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Opening Reception at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

  • 6:00 pm – 6:10 pm

    Welcoming Remarks and Introduction Dr. Nick Mueller

    Conference Series Presenting Sponsor Remarks Kenneth Clarke, President & CEO, Pritzker Military Library

  • 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

    1943: Victory in the BalanceDr. Donald Miller

  • 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm

    Book Signing

  • 9:00 pm

    Shuttle service concludes with last run leaving Museum for Hyatt

Day 2 : Friday, November 22

All sessions hosted at Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel

  • 7:00 am – 8:00 am

    Continental Breakfast in the Hospitality Room

  • 8:00 am – 8:05 am Opening Remarks

    Utmost Savagery: Facing New Forms of Warfare Dr. Nick Mueller

  • 8:05 am – 9:20 amGermany Wins the Air War

    Moderator — Dr. Conrad Crane

    Flying to Defeat Dr. Donald Miller

    Defending the Reich: The Luftwaffe Dr. Richard Muller

  • 9:20 am – 9:50 am

    Break and Book Signing in the Hospitality Room

  • 9:50 am – 11:00 am Unrestricted Submarine Warfare

    Moderator — Alex Kershaw

    Execute Against Japan Lt. Joel I. Holwitt

    "Mush" Morton, Undersea Warrior Don Keith

  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am

    Break and Book Signing in the Hospitality Room

  • 11:30 am – 12:45 pm With the Marines of Tarawa

    Facing the Costs of War Dr. Allan Millett

    With the Marines at Tarawa - Film Screening

  • 12:45 pm – 1:25 pm

    Break and Book Signing in the Hospitality Room; Lunch

  • 1:25 pm – 1:30 pm Continued Remarks

    The Challenges of Total War Dr. Nick Mueller

  • 1:30 pm – 2:15 pmKeynote Address

    Introduction Dr. Günter Bischof

    The Combined Chiefs of Staff and Setting Strategy in the ETO: "The only thing worse than fighting a war with allies is fighting a war without them." Dr. Mark Stoler

  • 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

    Break and Book Signing in the Hospitality Room

  • 2:45 pm – 4:00 pmSurviving Total War at Home

    Moderator — Dr. Keith Huxen

    "We're All in This Together": The American Home Front in 1943 Dr. Roger Lotchin

    At Home in Mother Russia Dr. Reina Pennington

  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

    Break and Book Signing in the Hospitality Room

  • 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm : The Moral Abacus

    Moderator — Dr. Keith Huxen

    Barbarism in the Pacific Richard Frank

    The Bombing of Civilian Centers Dr. Conrad Crane

  • 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm : Meet the Speakers Reception presented by World War II Magazine

Day 3 : Saturday, November 23

Daytime events hosted at Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel
Closing Banquet hosted in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at The National WWII Museum

  • 7:00 am – 8:00 am

    Continental Breakfast in the Hospitality Room

  • 8:00 am – 8:05 am Opening Remarks

    Conducting a World War Dr. Nick Mueller

  • 8:05 am – 8:50 am : Morning Keynote Address

    War Among the Generals: Allied Leadership in the Mediterranean Rick Atkinson

  • 8:50 am – 9:15 am

    Break and Book Signing in the Hospitality Room

  • 9:15 am – 10:20 am : The Road to Tokyo

    Moderator — Dr. Keith Huxen

    MacArthur, Marshall, Nimitz and King in the Pacific Dr. Jeffrey Barlow

    Island Hopping in the Pacific Richard Frank

  • 10:20 am – 10:45 am

    Break and Book Signing in the Hospitality Room

  • 10:45 am – 11:50 am Forgotten Allies

    Moderator — Richard Frank

    China in WWII Dr. Rana Mitter

    The Australian Contribution Dr. David Horner

  • 11:50 am – 12:30 pm

    Break and Book Signing in the Hospitality Room; Lunch

  • 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

    Introduction — Dr. Nick Mueller

    The General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Distinguished Lecture on WWII

    Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War Dr. Paul Kennedy

  • 1:15 pm – 1:35 pm

    Break and Book Signing in the Hospitality Room

  • 1:35 pm – 1:40 pm Continued Remarks

    Tactics, Technology and Tenacity Converge Dr. Nick Mueller

  • 1:40 pm – 2:50 pm Kursk: The Epic Armored Engagement

    Moderator — Dr. Keith Huxen

    Kursk: The Battle Dr. Robert Citino

    Tank Production: A Comparative Study of output in Germany, the US and the USSR Jonathan Parshall

  • 2:50 pm – 3:15 pm

    Break and Book Signing in the Hospitality Room

  • 3:15 pm – 4:25 pm : Learning the Lessons of Amphibious Landings

    Moderator — Dr. Donald Miller

    A Tale of Two Invasions: Salerno vs. Anzio Rick Atkinson

    Tarawa and the Future of Landings in the Pacific Dr. Allan Millett

  • 4:25 pm – 4:50 pm

    Break and Book Signing in the Hospitality Room

  • 4:50 pm – 6:00 pm : A Tough Gut Rather Than a Soft Underbelly: Fighting in Italy

    Moderator — Dr. Robert Citino

    The Ground War in Italy Col. Roger Cirillo

    The Battle for the Caves With the 157th Regiment Alex Kershaw

  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Shuttle Transfers from Hyatt to Museum for Closing Banquet

    Last shuttle departs the Hyatt at 7:00 pm

  • 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm

    The 2013 International Conference on WWII Closing Banquet Sponsored by Raytheon

  • 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm The George P. Shultz Forum on World Affairs

    Introduction — Dr. Nick Mueller

    Grappling with the Lessons of History: The Legacy of WWII in Modern Combat and Intelligence Featuring General David Petraeus and Max Boot

  • 9:15 pm – 9:30 pm

    Conference Closing Remarks Dr. Nick Mueller

  • 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

    Book Signing

    Shuttle Transfers from Museum to Hyatt

    Last shuttle departs the Museum at 10:30 pm


US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70130

The World War II years were a time when the freedom of the world hung in the balance. Americans answered the call to protect that freedom with 16 million men and women serving in uniform and an untold number of citizens of all ages doing their part on the Home Front. It is their contributions we honor in the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

Exhibits and interactive experiences paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war — those who answered the call of service and those who supported our fighting forces by producing planes, ships, tanks and other vital machinery in unprecedented numbers.

This is the story of America at war — on land, in the air and at sea — told in a way that will fully engage the senses, the mind and the heart.

Headquarters Hotel

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana 70113

Hyatt Regency New Orleans re-opened on October 19, 2011 following a $275 million redesign and revitalization and features 1,193 guest rooms and suites, 200,000 square feet of meeting and event space, expansive food and beverage offerings and unprecedented service. With dramatic design that complements the uniqueness of New Orleans, all of the hotel’s interiors, including the lobby, restaurants, meeting spaces and guest rooms were revitalized and the exterior was transformed, paying special attention to the new entrance on Loyola Avenue. The hotel’s new, innovative design makes it the ideal urban destination for business and leisure travelers.

Highlights of the hotel’s expansive culinary offerings include 8 Block Kitchen & Bar, a full service restaurant and bar; Vitascope Hall, a media bar outfitted with 42 flat-screen TVs and Borgne, a Chef John Besh restaurant. Additional culinary options include Starbucks, Lagniappe Exchange, a 24-hour fresh market, Whole Hog Café and Pizza Consegna.

Located downtown on Loyola Avenue, the AAA Four Diamond hotel is adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and anchors the vibrant Sports and Entertainment District. Hyatt Regency New Orleans borders the new Medical District, the Arts & Entertainment District and is just blocks from the French Quarter, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Mississippi Riverfront. The new Loyola Avenue Streetcar line stops in front of the hotel, connecting guests to all the city has to offer.

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