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The International Conference on World War II

March 5 - March 6

Thanks to a generous gift from our sponsor Pritzker Military Museum and Library, The National WWII Museum is thrilled to offer the March 5-6, 2021, International Conference on World War II 100% virtually and completely free of charge. While we are grateful to have the Museum campus open and safely serving our guests, we recognize that many are cautiously still waiting before they resume travel. This exclusive, one-time-only, free, virtual program will continue the tradition of bringing robust educational sessions from world-renowned speakers to our audience, this time in an easily accessible, online format. These sessions will be streamed live, and recorded sessions will be available on demand after they air.

Check out the detailed conference schedule below so you can be sure not to miss your favorite speakers or sessions. And be sure to check out our shop’s selection of books by conference historians and speakers!

Please note, we do anticipate hosting our next International Conference on World War II in November 2021 in person at The National WWII Museum and The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center.




   March 5-6, 2021

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

Saturday, March 6, 2021


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.King of Battle: Artillery in World War II
Moderator – John McManus, PhD
Tank Killers: U.S. Anti-Tank Weapons – Steven Zaloga
Twelve Seconds of Silence: The Proximity Fuse – Jamie Holmes
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Never Forget: Preserving and Teaching Holocaust History
Moderator – Jason Dawsey, PhD
The Morgenthau Collection at the FDR Library – Paul Sparrow
Holocaust Memories in Eastern Europe – Alexandra Richie, DPhil
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Breaking Through the Shadows of WWII History: Hispanic American Experiences
Introduction by Adam Givens, PhD
Presentation by Dave Gutierrez
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.Break
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.Arsenal of Democracy: American Mobilization
Moderator – Allan Millett, PhD
“100,000 Combat Planes”: Manufacturing Air Power – Tami Davis Biddle, PhD
A Call to Arms: American Industry – Maury Klein
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Break
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.1942: Turning Points
Stalingrad – Robert M. Citino, PhD
Midway – Jonathan Parshall
El Alamein – Niall Barr, PhD
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Conference Closing Remarks

Schedule Subject to Change



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