June 1944: The Month that Changed the World

November 21-23, 2019
at The National WWII Museum and The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

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About the Conference

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.

Topics:

  • The Breakout from the Beachhead and the Race to Rome
  • D-Day: New Discoveries
  • The Marianas: A Sign of Things to Come
  • The Holocaust: New Perspectives
  • Fighting the War, Preparing the Peace

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The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

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.

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Featured Speakers

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

William I. Hitchcock

Opening Speaker

William I. Hitchcock is the William W. Corcoran Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

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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.


Rick Atkinson

Omer Bartov

Ian W. Toll

Alexandra Richie

Rob Citino

Pre-Conference Symposium 2019

Eisenhower: The Monumental Man

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.

  Pre-Conference Symposium Schedule

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Symposium Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Playing the Game: Ike and His Mentors
Moderator – Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, PhD
General Fox Conner – Steven Rabalais
General Douglas MacArthur – Colonel Ty Seidule, PhD
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break and Book Signing
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. In the Crucible: Ike in the Mediterranean
Moderator – Robert Citino, PhD
Torch to Tunis – Chris Rein, PhD
Sicily to Salerno – TBD
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Break, Book Signing, and Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Great Crusade: Ike as Supreme Commander
Keynote Address – Michael Neiberg, PhD
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break and Book Signing
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Key Decision Points: Ike in Command
Moderator – Robert Citino, PhD
Panelists – Steven Rabalais, Colonel Ty Seidule, PhD, Chris Rein, PhD, and Michael Neiberg, PhD
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Symposium Closing Remarks; Attendees Exit for Conference Opening Reception
Program subject to change.
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Conference 2019

The 2019 International
Conference on World War II

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.

Conference highlights include:

  • Opening Keynote Lecture: William I. Hitchcock discussing June 1944: The World in the Balance
  • Rick Atkinson and Robert Citino, PhD, presenting on the Italian theater
  • Alex Kershaw and his best-selling new book The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II
  • Donald Miller and Conrad Crane conversing on Supremacy in the Skies: Allied Air Domination in Europe
  • After-hours Open House at The National WWII Museum, an International Conference on World War II exclusive
  • Closing Presentation: Projections of America: Introducing the United States to the World—A Conversation with Vicki Riskin and Peter Miller

  Conference Schedule

Day 1 Schedule - Thursday, November 21
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Opening Reception
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. International Conference on World War II Opening Keynote Address
Opening Remarks – Stephen J. Watson, President & CEO, The National WWII Museum
Welcome Remarks – Rob Havers, PhD, President & CEO, Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Opening Keynote Address – William I. Hitchcock, PhD
June 1944: The World in the Balance
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Book Signing

Day 2 Schedule - Friday, November 22
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Breakout from the Beach and the Race to Rome: The Italian Theater
Oral History Showcase – “The Meat Grinder”
Moderator – Chris Rein, PhD
Hanging Tough: The Germans – Robert Citino, PhD
Smashing the Front: The Allies – Rick Atkinson
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break and Book Signing
9:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. The Shadow War: Espionage
Moderator – Mary Kathryn Barbier, PhD
Madame Fourcade’s Secret War – Lynne Olson
Code Girls – Liza Mundy
10:55 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Break and Book Signing
11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II
Oral History Showcase – “The First Wave”
Alex Kershaw
12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Break, Book Signing, and Lunch
1:10 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Dominance: The Marianas Campaign
Oral History Showcase – “At the Rising Sun’s Doorstep”
Moderator – Sharon Tosi Lacey, PhD
Slaughter in the Philippine Sea – Craig Symonds, PhD
Saipan – Ian Toll
2:25 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Break and Book Signing
2:55 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Descent into Barbarism: The Axis Response Oral History Showcase – “Eyewitness to Inhumanity”
Moderator – Jason Dawsey, PhD
Abbaye d’Ardennes – James Holland
Marpi Point – Richard B. Frank
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Break and Book Signing
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Supremacy in the Skies: Allied Air Domination in Europe
Oral History Showcase – “Reigning Supreme in the Skies”
Moderator – John Morrow, PhD
Tactical Fighters in Normandy – Conrad Crane, PhD
Strategic Bombers over Germany – Donald Miller, PhD
5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Book Signing and Museum Open House

Day 3 Schedule - Saturday, November 23
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center
8:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Thunder in the East: The Soviet Summer Offensive
Moderator – Rob Nelson, PhD
Operation Bagration – Reina Pennington, PhD
The Collapse of Army Group Center – David Stahel, PhD
9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Break and Book Signing
9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Unknown Air Missions
Moderator – Conrad Crane, PhD
B-29’s First Strike: Operation Matterhorn – Tami Davis Biddle, PhD
Shuttle Bombing: Operation Frantic – Alexandra Richie, DPhil
10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Break and Book Signing
10:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Imphal-Kohima: Stopping the Japanese Juggernaut
Moderator – Allan Millett, PhD
India’s Triumph – Raymond Callahan, PhD
The Broken IJA – Hiroyuki Shindo, PhD
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Break, Book Signing, and Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Planning for Peace While Waging War: A Postwar Order
Moderator – Keith Huxen, PhD
The Washington War – Jim Lacey
The Battle of Bretton Woods – Ben Steil
1:55 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Break and Book Signing
2:25 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. The Holocaust: New Scholarship and New Approaches
Moderator – Alexandra Richie, DPhil
Gerhard Weinberg, PhD
Geoffrey Megargee, PhD
3:35 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break and Book Signing
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. “Everything We Have”—A D-Day Panel
Oral History Showcase – “Everything We Have”
Moderator – Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, PhD
Sand and Steel – Peter Caddick-Adams
D-Day Girls: Spying, Resistance, Sabotage – Sarah Rose
5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Book Signing
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Closing Banquet and Presentation
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Projections of America: Introducing the United States to the World A Conversation with Vicki Riskin and Peter Miller
9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Conference Closing Remarks and Book Signing
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2019 Inclusions

Conference Inclusions

All Access Pass
(Conference only)
Combo Pass
(Conference and Hotel Package)
Featured Guest Lecture Series
Roundtrip Shuttle Service Between The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center and The National WWII Museum for all scheduled events
Continental Breakfast (The Higgins Hotel—Day 2 & 3)
Boxed Lunch (The Higgins Hotel—Day 2 & 3)
Refreshments during each break
Opening Reception, US Freedom Pavilion (Day 1)
Exclusive Conference Attendee Evening Open House at The National WWII Museum (Day 2)
Closing Banquet & Keynote, US Freedom Pavilion (Day 3)
Unlimited Museum Admission during the Conference, Including Beyond All Boudnaries Ticket
WWII Museum Padfolio, Pen & Commemorative Tote Bag
Wi-Fi within The Higgins Hotel
3-Night Hotel Accommodations at The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center, Including all taxes (November 21–23, 2019)
Reduced Rate Roundtrip Airport Transportation
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2019 Pricing

Conference Offerings

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 membership@nationalww2museum.org.

Member Pricing
(Per Person)
All Access Pass (Conference only)
$999
Combo Pass (Conference and Hotel Package)
Price per person double occupancy $1,420
Combo Pass (Conference and Hotel Package)
Price per person single occupancy $1,820
Eisenhower: The Monumental Man (pre-Conference Symposium; must be purchased in addition to The International Conference on World War II, not available as a standalone event)
Includes: admission to lectures, continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks) on November 21, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.$399
Additional Night at The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center $269

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.

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