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The International Conference on World War II – Free online

March 6, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 8:45 pm

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has hosted The International Conference on World War II since 2006—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. In addition to the many returning presenters, the Conference Planning Committee makes an effort to invite new historians each year to share their latest findings.

Joining the featured speakers are hundreds of attendees who travel from all over the world to learn more about this epic event. With an emphasis on nonacademic presentations and encouraging presenters to be more conversational than presentational, the Conference strives to connect with the audience through engaging discussions, question and answer periods, book signings, and receptions throughout the weekend.

With the generous and continued support of the Museum’s longstanding partner and Conference presenting sponsor, the Pritzker Military Foundation, on behalf of Pritzker Military Museum & Library, The International Conference on World War II remains the world’s leading convention of WWII experts, students, and enthusiasts.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.International Conference on World War II Opening
Welcome Remarks – Stephen Watson, President & CEO, The National WWII Museum
Opening Remarks – TBD, Pritzker Military Museum & Library
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.Drawing Fire: The Editorial Cartoons of Bill MauldinA conversation with Todd Depastino, PhD and Rob Citino, PhD
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Air Power in AsiaModerator – Conrad Crane, PhD
First Fighter Pilots: The Flying Tigers – Sam Kleiner
Raining Fire: B-29s over Japan – James M. Scott
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Break
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.The End of the War in the Pacific Moderator – Richard Frank
Crucible of Hell: Okinawa – Saul David, PhD
Struggle for Survival: China, 1945 – Rana Mitter, PhD
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Break
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Testaments to Sacrifice: WWII Memorialization in Europe and Asia Moderator – Guenter Bischof, PhD
Triumph of the Dead – Kate Clarke LeMay, PhD
China’s Long War – Rana Mitter, PhD
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Break
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II Moderator – John Morrow, PhD
At the Front, 1917-1945 – Chad Williams, PhD
Honor Delayed: Medal of Honor Recipients – Robert Jefferson, PhD
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.A World at Arms: World War II’s Forgotten Fronts Moderator – Gerhard Weinberg, PhD
The Allies Finally Win One: The East Africa Campaign, 1940-1941 – Michael Neiberg, PhD
Unexpected Allies: The OSS and Ho Chi Minh – Dixee Bartholomew-Feis, PhD


March 6, 2021
1:00 pm - 8:45 pm


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