The Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at The National WWII Museum is 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. In addition to the knowledge and resources housed on our six-acre campus, the Institute also annually gathers prestigious historians and speakers from across the globe for various enlightening conferences and symposia, including the renowned International Conference on World War II, hosted in New Orleans each year. These events help to inspire civic engagement for exploring the war’s lasting legacies by attracting new generations to study, research, and write about the American experience in World War II.


“Band of Brothers” 20th Anniversary Symposium

August 13, 2022

The National WWII Museum is honored to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the “Band of Brothers” miniseries premiere by hosting a daylong Symposium in New Orleans on Saturday, August 13, 2022*. The Symposium will bring members from the cast and crew together on stage to reflect on their experiences, share unique insights, and provide behind-the-scenes commentary. Family members of Easy Company veterans will also participate in a session on the lasting legacy of their loved ones.

Perhaps no single work, in the past two decades, has had such an impact, or made such an imprint on the American memory of World War II.

*Rescheduled from January 8, 2022 due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions.

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Thanks to our generous sponsors, the “Band of Brothers” 20th Anniversary Symposium will be livestreamed and available for audiences to watch virtually free of charge. Register below to receive free access to the virtual program on August 13, 2022.

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On our Easy Company: England to the Eagle's Nest Travel Program, join an actor from the Band of Brothers miniseries and expert battlefield guides for the real-life epic journey across Europe. This exclusive travel opportunity includes tour stops and special guests not featured anywhere else.

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The 15th International Conference on World War II

November 17-19, 2022

The International Conference on World War II is the premier adult educational event bringing together the best and brightest scholars, authors, historians, and witnesses to history from around the globe to discuss key battles, personalities, strategies, issues, and controversies of the war that changed the world. Joining the featured speakers are hundreds of attendees who travel from all over the world to learn to connect with each other through engaging discussions, question-and-answer periods, book signings, and receptions throughout the weekend.

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The 15th International Conference on World War II features a daylong, pre-conference symposium “Resistance! Life Under Occupation.” Two subsequent days of Conference sessions will explore an array of topics, including the WWII’s Battlefield Blunders, Terror From Above: Allied Strategic Bombing Campaigns, Asia Aflame, Women at War: The Eastern Front, and more.

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In-person registration is available for those who wish to experience the Conference on our campus in New Orleans. Click the link below to purchase.

Save up to $150 per person when reserved by December 31, 2021. Select discounts during the booking process.

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Memory Wars: World War II at 75 and Beyond

March 24–26, 2022

The all-virtual conference took place on March 24–26, 2022. A first-of-its-kind international conference to discuss the shifting landscapes of popular memories of this world-altering conflict, Memory Wars explored World War II’s place in public memory through a global prism and examined how museums, filmmakers, media, memorials, and historians (both academic and public) helped shape memories of the conflict.

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